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Trust Your GPS

GPS navigation systems give us occasional turn-by-turn directions and become more active as we approach our destination. If we listen carefully, we don’t get lost. If a wrong turn happens, rerouting gets us back on course. When we arrive, directions for the trip stop. In much the same way, God guides us. 

Philip received some general direction. “Go south,” the Lord said (Acts 8:26). That was enough for Philip, so he “started out” (Acts 8:17). Later the Spirit became more specific, telling him to stand near a man’s chariot. That was also enough, because Philip “ran up to” the designated place (Acts 8:30). Philip, now alongside and listening to the other man, started a conversation.

Philip was then in familiar territory talking about the good news of Jesus, and he shifted from receiving directions to giving directions as “they traveled along the road” together (Acts 8:36). As the conversation moved forward, it likely included a discussion of baptism as an outward sign of the inward change of the Christ-follower. When the chariot came to some water, the man recognized his next step to be baptism.

Philip shifted to serving the man by baptizing him.  This was the end of this journey as “the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away” (Acts 8:39).  The other man “went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:39).  Philip was now ready for the Spirit’s next guidance as he “traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns of Caesarea” (Acts 8:40).

We, like Philip, have a spiritual GPS - God’s Positioning System - to put us in the right place at the right time with the right people for the right purpose. Our next step might be to be part of someone else’s next step.  


  • What areas of your life do you need to listen for and follow God’s turn-by-turn directions?
  • How can you be more tuned in to God’s Positioning System?

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