“And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship…” – Acts 8:27 (ESV)
The story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8 is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. As I was reading it yesterday I thought for a bit about the verse above. The eunuch was a court official of the queen of Ethiopia, and he apparently was a person of high rank and authority. And as part of the queen’s court, he was in charge of all her treasure as well.
The reason this particular verse struck me yesterday is that the eunuch could have been quite satisfied with his life. He had prestige and certainly had access to money. Yet…he had come to Jerusalem to worship. He was a true seeker. He grappled with the Scriptures and wasn’t content just to read the Word of God. He wanted greater understanding. Through the power of Philip and the Holy Spirit, he received it when Philip talked with him in his chariot. He made an instant decision to follow Jesus, was baptized, and after Philip was carried away, the eunuch went on his way rejoicing.
The Ethiopian eunuch had his prestige and power, but something was missing in his life. He realized that and he made the best decision of his life – he sought God through the power of His Word.
Let’s do the same today.