Water for Life

Peggy Byland

Read: Acts 8:26-39

Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water. (v. 38 NIV)

Two masses of land surrounded by water on three sides, the Upper and Lower Michigan Peninsulas are spanned by the mighty Mackinac Bridge; a five-mile link across the straits where the waters of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan mingle to become one. Wherever you stand in the state of Michigan, you are never more than six miles from a natural body or area of water. Whether using that water for drinking, washing, industry, or recreation, Michiganders take their water very seriously!

The eunuch riding in the chariot back to Ethiopia was reading from the prophecies of Isaiah. Not comprehending what he was reading, the eunuch encountered Philip, who began telling the eunuch the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the eunuch asked Philip if he could be baptized. Then they both went down into the water and Philip baptized him. They came up from the water, and then in the style of Elijah the prophet, the Spirit whisked Philip away. That was it, and the eunuch “went on his way rejoicing” (v. 39).

Water is a necessary commodity, essential for life. Water as a sign and seal is sacred for those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. —Peggy Byland

As you pray, thank God for spiritual nourishment.