When a college professor repeats an event, fact or theory, this will likely be on the next test. If a mentor shares the same advice more than once, you might want to listen. When a pastor recalls an important message preached by Jesus, putting this into practice can be life altering. Yet, the world is filled with voices telling you to do this or that. How you respond will influence your fate on earth.
On an appointed day Herod dressed himself in his royal robes, sat on his throne (tribunal, rostrum) and began delivering a speech to the people. 22 The assembled people kept shouting, “It is the voice of a god and not of a man!” – Acts 12:21-22
Jesus’ earthly brother learned a valuable lesson, God’s ways are different from the world, James 4:6. Humility brings you closer to God rather than taking credit for your own accomplishments. Jesus warned his followers about pride, quoting the sayings of Solomon, “pride comes before the fall.” The more you crave and hunger attention, the further you drift away from God. The attached passage provides individuals with another reason to give God the glory.
And at once an angel of the Lord struck him down because he did not give God the glory [and instead permitted himself to be worshiped], and he was eaten by worms and died [five days later], Acts 12:23.
According to Acts 12, Herod Agrippa I became full of himself. During a political speech, the crowd was moved. The more Herod spoke, listeners were in awe, suggesting this king was a god, not a man. Instead of setting the record straight, Herod reveled in these compliments. Refusing to embrace humility, an angel of death inflicted Agrippa with a deadly disease as worms ate him from within. May this warning inspire you to give God the glory.
by Jay Mankus