And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king’s chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king’s country. And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
Pride goes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18), but in this case, pride goes before worms. None of us are immune to the destruction that pride can bring to our lives. We all have God-given talents that we easily forget are God-given. He wants us to use the gifts He allows us to have for His glory and not for our own gain or pride. Our enemy wants to deceive us subtly. He wants to confuse pride for self-confidence or self-love or anti-shaming (I’m still trying to figure that one out).
Tyre and Sidon were two cities just north of Caesarea. For some reason, Herod was upset with them and the cities were fearful of a possible war. Because of their location, the cities were dependent on the agricultural abundance of Herod’s rule. Blastus, the keeper of Herod’s bed chamber wanted peace. What Blastus had to do with the politics, I have no idea. Anyway, every great leader likes to get all dressed up and to make great speeches. As Herod made a great speech, people praised him as a god, and God killed him with worms because he accepted the worship and didn’t give God the Glory. What a way to go!
Why would God put such a violent consequence on Herod and then at other times be so merciful? We do not know, and it is not our place to know. James 4:6 says, God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. God is also gracious and merciful to whom He will be gracious and merciful (Exodus 33:19).
The lesson is that it is a very dangerous thing to not give God the glory that is due Him, and He deserves all the glory! Is there anything in your life that is not giving God glory? Is your pride ruining your relationship with your Savior and therefore affecting God’s blessing on your life? Are you accepting the praise of others without deflecting it to the Lord? Beware of the worms!
Written by Kaye Dee Richards. Kaye Dee lives with her husband Colin in Morrison, CO. They have 4 children, Joshua, Amelia, Victoria, and Julia.
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