We must be reminded of Acts 6 in order to see this response by Stephen.
Then some…rose up and disputed with Stephen. – Acts 6:9
Then they secretly instigated men who said… – Acts 6:11
12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council,
13 and they set up false witnesses who said… – Acts 6:12-13
Now, how does a man full of the Spirit (by God’s grace not full of himself) and wisdom respond to the crowd and false accusations?
Acts 7 is Stephen’s response…he speaks the gospel to them!
You might look at his response and also conclude that his response is God’s response. How did the Spirit respond (even more, how did Jesus respond) through Stephen? The gospel!
These people need Jesus! The world needed to hear about Jesus. Though we might not approve and nor is it our way but the Lord uses this event ***to scatter His people and the Word in the next chapter.
So, your afflictions today are not random nor useless. They are opportunities for us to trust the Lord and they often direct our path in ways we would have otherwise not moved. May we be filled with the Spirit and respond like Stephen…like Christ, today.
I’m praying that this would be so for you today.