Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Face of an Angel

"Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs
among the people." --Acts 6:8

"...These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom
or the Spirit by whom he spoke."--Acts 6:10

"All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw
that his face was like the face of an angel." --Acts 6:15

Imagine being full of God's grace and power. It would definitely intimidate and cause others to feel anxious and unsettled as it did to the Sanhedrin in this case. What's even worse for those who are uncomfortable in the presence of the Spirit and who try to take down the power of God is that they can't. With grace and power comes wisdom.

My favorite part about this whole story is that when they put Stephen up on trial, up on display really-as if to prove to people his evil intentions, which there weren't any of course-Stephen looked like an angel. They all recognized that. They were looking at him so intently as if their stares would prove his guilt; but instead, all they saw was a face of an angel. How awesome! Even when you are not looking for God, God is looking at you.

I wonder how much more ill-at-ease they felt after realizing they had an angel on trial. A lot, I'm sure is the answer because after Stephen speaks, they stone him. The word of God spoken in the Spirit will always make people feel uncomfortable because it is a double-edged sword of truth. God's word will cut. It will penetrate, and you can either fall to your knees in surrender while allowing your old self to die, or you can run and grow hard to the wound of truth (that will continue to penetrate), persecuting those who own its healing powers.

Next time you feel uncomfortable, look to the Spirit for guidance and seek God's face. Ask Him to reveal to you the truth. Surrender to His will and find peace. God is good, holy, powerful, and righteous.