As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (Acts 8:26)
Gaza was one of 5 Philistine cities that had been destroyed 100 years earlier by Alexander the Great and wouldn’t be rebuilt until 30 years later. God was sending Philip to a deserted, ghost town area. Added to that, it was about a 50 mile journey that would be a solid 2 day walk. It seemed like God is telling Philip to go into the middle of nowhere for no apparent reason.
Have you ever wondered "What in the world is God doing?" when God asks you to go somewhere or do something that just doesn’t make any sense?
God often interrupts our plans in ways that we find hard to understand
So Philip started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia...Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage. (Acts 8:27-29)
Philip operated with immediate obedience because he trusted in something that we all too often forget, ignore or neglect...“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” says the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8)
excerpt from CHURCH:the big idea--part 22///free download at pathwayonline.org