The eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” (Acts 8:36)
In my season of life, days are filled with big and small questions that come from both external and internal sources. Some questions have answers, some don’t. Some may exist simply for me to learn how to live with uncertainty!
The Ethiopian eunuch, in all of our knowledge of him within this account, asked some good questions. “How can I [understand what I’m reading], . . . unless someone explains it to me,” he asked, followed up by, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet [Isaiah] talking about, himself or someone else?” He then went on to exclaim, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” These questions were so much better than the ones I find myself asking much of the time; these questions would change the trajectory of his life.
We may never know what this man experienced before or after his encounter with Philip that day on the desert road. He, like us, likely had times of heartache and difficulty, and held many questions over his lifetime. He was fortunate to have Philip there to respond to his need for immediate answers. And after Philip went away, he had both the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit to guide him.
Like the Ethiopian, we will never be alone in our search for answers as long as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t fear questions, even if answers do not come in this lifetime.
Amy Elliot lives with her family in Ontario, Canada. Her husband is ordained in The Wesleyan Church.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.