Steven being full of the Holy Spirit asked Jesus to forgive his accusers. This paved the way for God to appoint Paul for God’s glory. Paul consented to Stevens death and yet what is bound on earth will be bound in heaven and what is loosed on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:18 talks about this and it was given to the growing Church for instruction. Was Steven while being persecuted using his training from the church when he asked God to forgive his accusers? Obedience paves the way for growth and promise.
We see God in action after his cherished soul was brought to his throne. God answered Stevens prayer.
And it begins after Steven saw heaven open up, even then Paul went to the high priest to kill and jail more followers of the way in Damascus. God avenged Stevens death by not killing Paul, but saving him.
Quickly God appeared to Paul with a great light blinding Paul. God could have allowed Paul not to be blinded but maybe God spared not this trouble in order to show this man his great strength. Paul was no regular man in his zeal for God! I’m sure Paul was strong and prideful. Paul may have been short in stature, but God stopped his ways quickly, so others would not die as Steven with the face of an angel did. God did not hold back his power from Paul but God had mercy. Paul did regained his sight. How many of Stevens killers turned to the Lord besides Paul. We don’t know but I would imagine that lives were changed and used by God.
God is an consuming fire! He will not leave us where we are. What does this mean for our everyday life? He will reach us! He will love us and carry us to the very end! He will not forget us, but as a consuming fire will reach to the very bottom of our circumstances to make us more like him. This brings peace and joy to us. A work that takes time yes, but will it be done yes! Fear not!
Isaiah 41:10, “ Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Hebrews 12:29, “ For our God is a consuming fire.” If you have something that God needs to cleanse, he will! If you need God to heal, he will! His fire cleanses and heals. Praise God!