Distractions can be a means to derail us. If we are walking in awareness, we will be able to stay our course. I’m reading through Acts. Yesterday I came to the account of Stephen.
Acts 6:8 says, “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.” Then opposition arose. Verse 9-10 says, “….disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.”
His calm assurance and steadfastness only stirred them up further. They brought him before the council and produced false witnesses. Verse 15 says, “And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.”
I noted how that Stephen’s demeanor was not changed even though he was falsely accused. He never reacted in his flesh. He exemplified the Lord in word and body language.
When the high priest asked if the accusations were true, Stephen rehearsed an excellent recap of the history that they all knew. He had their attention. Then in chapter 7:51 he addressed them. “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers do, so do you.”
They were infuriated and gnashed their teeth at him. I love verse 55. It is a model for us to follow when other’s flesh vehemently rises up against us. “But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God…”