But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
Acts 6:10 ESV
What a picture this simple verse paints. The enemies of the cross and young Christian faith could not withstand the wisdom and Spirit. These were the best trained debaters the haters had to offer. They were educated, informed, equipped, and full of zeal, yet when it came right down to it, all of those things were useless against the Spirit. It was not the skill of Stephen, or the words he chose to use, it was the power of the Holy Spirit at work that won the day. I don’t know about you but I frequently feel unprepared, ill equipped, out numbered, and weak when it comes to facing the difficult people of our day. We must always remember however that it is not us but the power of God at work that changes lives. No one can withstand the wisdom and the Spirit of God. Therefore it is essential that I work on the condition of my soul rather than the scope of my vocabulary. When I count on myself I am likely to fail, however when I exclude myself from the process and make my life available to Christ as Stephen did, I am certain to succeed and you are too!