But God reveals his glory

Acts 6:15, 7:54-56 [Jewish leaders arrest Stephen because men lied about him.] At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s. … The Jewish leaders were infuriated and shook their fists at Stephen in rage. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”

Three and a half-year-old Caleb ran ahead of me up the hill to the walkway around our local reservoir. I followed more slowly, carrying his fifteen-month-old sister, Talita. When we reached the top and could see the water, Talita said one word, “Wow.”

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Caleb was distracted by a family of ducks, with four little ducklings. “Grammy, why aren’t they saying quack, quack, quack?”

But Talita still stared at the sunlight dancing on the water. A toddler vision of glory.

One morning in church (pre-Covid) as I worshiped the Lord, I saw the angels in Heaven praising the Lamb on the throne. They were singing with us, our music. An affirmation. The memory of that vision still gives me goose bumps. It was so unprecedented for me I have seldom spoken of it.


All three members of the Trinity were involved in the glorious vision God gave Stephen. I love the fact that Jesus stood to receive him, and that Stephen said so out loud, so witnesses could know what he was seeing and transmit it to us. Almost every other time in Scripture, Jesus sits at God’s right hand.

On this Lord’s Day, may God grace us with a glimpse of his glory.

Nothing else will matter.

2 thoughts on “But God reveals his glory

  1. What a vision! Of the angels worshipping with us… and us with the angels. God is sooo incredible. It doesn’t even work to say He’s head and shoulders above everyone else. He’s simply in a category all of his own. There’s us and the angels that can be compared, we being a little lower than the angels says the author of Hebrews. Without getting into the wonder and mystery of being sons and daughters of God and what that means, suffice it to say that the absolutes of God go beyond our comprehension. We can and should stretch to try to visualize or comprehend his being eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent, but He is so much more worthy than what we can picture. As C.S. Lewis puts it in Perelandra when one archangel is explaining to another about humans, if they were to think our highest thoughts, they would be undone. And yet, mystery of mysteries, as Irenaeus puts it, “The glory of God is man fully alive!” May today be such a day for you and for me.

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