As I was sharing how God had provided in a most unusual manner for a bus for our church, the individual with whom I was sharing said: “What a coincidence!” I immediately thought: “He missed the whole point of what I was endeavoring to communicate. However, it did not take from the facts that I was conveying, because I knew that the only explanation was God had provided.
God has done things in the most unusual manner over the years, and so when He does it again, I am not in the least surprised. At the launching of the Church we discover, while reading the Book of Acts, how God left us a record in the Book of Acts, when multitudes were saved on particular days. We also discover He did not show partiality when we read of individuals being exposed to the Gospel. Acts 8 is illustrative.
Philip was instructed of God the Holy Spirit to go on the desert road that leads to Gaza. A most unlikely direction! As he made his action of obedience, we read that God had placed on that road “an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.” My friend would have called it coincidence!
As I read on, a little more of his “coincidence” manifests itself. “The spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” Philip “ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
“And he said, ‘Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: ‘He was led as a sheep to slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He does not open is mouth.’ In humiliation His judgment was taken away; who will relate His generation? For His life is removed from the earth.”
When the Eunuch confronted Philip he said, “Please tell me, of who does the prophet say this; of himself or of someone else?”
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.
When the Eunuch said: “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
“Both went into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.” (Acts 8)
You cannot help not examine this portion and recognize that the disciples did not isolate themselves to “crowds”. God is equally concerned about the individuals as well as the multitudes. Salvation remains a personal encounter where one, with an open heart says in effect: “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” From that moment on they endeavor to follow Him in obedience.