“Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.”
Herod did not die because he murdered the apostle James or because of his attempt to finish off apostle Peter. He did not die because he persecuted God’s people.
Herod died because he took the praise that should have been given to God.
Why did Herod not give praise to God when the people were shouting such amazing things like, “you have the voice of a god!”?
The simple reason is because he believed the accolade was true. He believed he was in their eyes a god. He believed the headlines.
Praise is a drug.
If not careful we can all become drug dependent.
How would we ever get like Herod?
Some may be reading this thinking ‘a little bit of praise would be just what I need right now!’ Well you may be far from the sin of Herod today. Others may be a person who even if a compliment is paid on their hairstyle or anything, immediately says ‘it’s not me all the glory goes to Him’. By going to the furthest extreme there are other complications, but you will never be accused of the sin of Herod.
My advice when someone praises you is to learn to simply say ‘thank you’. But the sin of Herod is so much more than that of handling praise.
So let me leave you with this question that may help and for you to meditate upon today. Ask yourself this several times over very slowly:
Does my life publicly declare a total dependence upon God?