POWER OF GOD
Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.
This passage introduces us to Stephen. He wasn’t one of the original group that had spent three years with Jesus. He wasn’t in the boat the night Jesus walked on the water, or at the cemetery the day He called Lazarus from his tomb, or there for the Last Supper. Stephen was a second-generation Christ-follower, and Luke seems to imply that he had come to faith through the events he had witnessed in Jerusalem. Perhaps he had seen Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city - we don’t know. We are simply told that at this point he had become a man full of God’s grace and power, able to do “great wonders and miraculous signs.” Some people suggest that miracles and supernatural events subsided with the passing of the original twelve disciples. But Luke is saying, “Oh, no. Every generation of believers will demonstrate the power of God.” Certainly there are miracles happening all around us, but in our generation perhaps we have become too quick to give the credit to good luck or someone’s intelligence or a feat of ingenuity. Let’s look for the hand of God at work around us and be quick to give Him praise and glory for the things He is doing.
Heavenly Father, I praise You for the many ways You supernaturally intervene in the earth. Help me to see You at work in my life and the lives of the people around me and in the world. May I be quick to give You glory for all of Your acts, big and small, that bless and protect us. In the name of Jesus, amen.
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