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Acts 8:26-40

Choosing a Guide

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Choosing a Guide

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Pictures of sherpas

Some times we need a guide, someone to help us understand something or help us find our way.

When people climb tall mountains they go with a guide – a person who knows a lot about the mountain, is able to help them prepare for the journey and show them which route to take.

Guides, called sherpas, go with people who want to climb the Himalayan Mountains, some of the highest mountains in the world. (Show picture of a sherpa.) Sherpas are very strong and are able to climb at high altitudes. They are famous for having great knowledge about mountain climbing.

A story in the Bible tells us about a man who needed a different kind of guide. He was reading what the prophet Isaiah had written about Jesus and he didn’t understand what it meant.

Philip, one of Jesus’ disciples came along and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (8:30).

The man said, “How can I, unless someone explains it to me (guides me)?”(8:31).

Then Philip began to speak and he told the man the good news about Jesus.

With Philip’s help the man understood the message of God’s love, asked to be baptized, and “he went on his way rejoicing” (8:39).

We all have many choices to make each day. Some choices are difficult. Sometimes we don’t have enough information to make good choices.

What we can learn from this lesson is that we need good guides. We can look to smart people we trust to help us make good choices. Those people could be your parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, or a pastor.

Above all we need to understand and remember the message of God’s love. It will help us find our way and it is a good route to follow.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan