Daily Devotion on Acts 7:51-60
Text: Acts 7:51-60
You have to know where to look. When life gets hard you have to know where to look. Some people look to family. Some people look to self-help gurus. Some people try to find that ever elusive personal health and happiness. This week the daily devotions have helped us understand where we need to look. We need to look to God, more specifically we need to look to Jesus on the cross, dying for our sins.
Do you need more proof that looking to Jesus works, no matter how hard life gets? In the story of Stephen’s death we see what Jesus does for us. Even in such a terrible and brutal death Stephen knew where to look. Even in death Jesus was there to save Stephen.
Without reading too much into it, it may be of interest that here is the only place that Jesus is seen standing at the right hand of God. Every other time Jesus is described in heaven he is sitting at God’s right hand. At this moment in time Jesus had some work to do. He won heaven for all believers on the cross and he now waits at God’s right hand ready to bring us home to heaven.
When Stephen looked to Jesus his life was changed. He could face death with confidence. He could even offer forgiveness to the very people stoning him. We know where to look. Look to Jesus and live for all eternity in the peace and joy of heaven.
Prayer: Heavenly Father help us in time of trouble to remember where we need to look. We praise you for forgiving our sins and great personal cost. We thank you for offering us heaven despite our constant failures. We ask that you would bless us with the confidence of Stephen. Give us trust that looks to your promises and receives peace, hope and heaven. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.