And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. Acts 6:15
Stephen was in great danger. The church was growing, but it was encountering severe opposition. However, the opponents of the early church could not find fault with Stephen’s teachings or with his character, so they hired false witnesses to testify against him. In this treacherous way Stephen was condemned.
When a person has to face these kinds of circumstances, his true character is revealed. The natural reaction for someone in Stephen’s position would have been to become bitter and discouraged. How is it possible to prove your innocence if lies are being portrayed as the truth?
The scripture declare, “Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among people” (Acts 6:8). He had a strong inner conviction that he belonged to God and he knew that whatever happened to him would be part of God’s master plan for his life. He was completely fearless because he lived according to God’s will. He possessed the peace, joy, wisdom and power that is born from unity with the heavenly Father.
Stephen’s experience can become part of the lives of all those who love and seek to serve Christ through faith. In whatever situation you might find yourself, always seek to determine the will of God first. This will stabilize your thoughts and give you inner peace so that, no matter how big your problems, you will know that God’s presence is always with you.