Observation: Stephen gives one of the shortest and best summaries of the vast majority of the Old Testament in this reading.
Question: Is God in control when bad things happen? The persecution that begins in this reading is actually used by God to accomplish what He told the disciples to do. He told them to go and make disciples of all nations, but things were going so well in Jerusalem they seemed to have no desire. Persecution begins and suddenly the gospel spreads just as God had commanded.
Application: I have this tendency to defend myself to others. I notice that Stephen doesn’t do that. Instead, I am sure, he says what God would have him to say in this encounter. I want to seek to say what God wants me to say instead of saying what defends me or causes me to appear right in a situation.
Prayer: Father, I want to be available for You to use today like You used Philip. Use me to point others to You today.