Acts 7:54, 55 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
When ‘zoned-in’ to something, a painting or reading an interesting book, one can very easily lose track of time and so seem oblivious to the things going on around them. That appeared to be one of the images we glean from Stephen’s story today.
Even though there was a sea of voices drowning that of Stephen, it was as if he was in another world- he was tuned in to a very different frequency. While others were physically enraged at him, he was seeing mysteries. In truth, on the basis of the attitude of the crowd, he was meant to be distracted and fearful. In the very least, even if he was startled, that would seem sufficient. But there he was as though unaware of what was going on.
Beloved, distractions are all around us – attention seeking avenues intended to take our eyes off what really matters. However, what Stephen teaches us today with this example is that we can still maintain contact with heaven’s frequency even in a sea of noise. He shows us that we can still keep our eyes looking unto the author and finisher of our faith, and to see His glory even amidst all the chaos.