Thursday, June 16 – Acts 6:15
And all who were sitting in the Council stared at him, and they saw his face, which was like the face of an angel.
Have you ever watched someone experience something difficult and wondered how they could walk through such a season with joy? After being dragged into the presence of the Council, Stephen did not give the impression of a man who was beaten up or defeated; he had a face that looked like an angel. Even through hardship, opposition, and physical turmoil, God was faithful to work through Stephen. At every step, Stephen’s life was marked by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Whether you are in a fruitful season in your faith or a discouraging one, as you abide in Christ, you can show evidence of who God is to those around you. Like Stephen, we can trust God at every step, continually asking Him to work in us. Even when we feel beaten down by depression or hardship and wonder how we could make a difference, God’s grace abounds in us.
Even Paul had a hardship that he struggled to see how God could work through. In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 he said, “Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in distresses, in persecutions, in difficulties, in behalf of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” Even in Stephen’s weakest moments, God was glorified. Anchor your life in Christ so He will be evident in your difficult moments too.
- What can you learn from God’s faithfulness to Stephen?
- Who has encouraged your faith when you were struggling? As is appropriate, share with them how God has worked through their testimony.
- Pray and ask God to remind you of His faithfulness when you feel beaten down in life.