Acts 12:21-23 – On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.
God is passionately jealous for his own glory. There are numerous places throughout the scripture where this fact is made known, and this is one of the more obscure places for it. King Herod gave a speech, and the crowds wanted to get on his good side. They shouted out that his voice was that of a god. Herod, always eager to receive praise, did not even think about deferring the glory to God. In this instance, God showed his hand, and an angel struck Herod down for receiving for himself glory that was due to God alone.
The lesson to be learned here is simple. Never, under any circumstances, take for yourself glory that is appropriately due to God. He guards his name and his reputation. He is jealous for his own glory. This is a very good thing for us, because it directs our attention to the glory of God; and nothing satisfies the human soul so much as when it is in the presence of God’s glory. We are created by God to bring him glory, so we are never more truly fulfilled than when we give him glory. But when we steal glory from him, we are never in greater danger of facing his judgment.
Where in your life do you take credit for things only God can do? Do you take credit and receive personal glory for the gifts that God has given you? do you take credit for your talent, beauty, or intellect? Do you take credit for your self for your belief in Christ leading to your personal salvation? Do you take credit for the good things that happen in your life? If so, you take credit for things that are rightly God’s . it is time that we all remember to do the thing Herod failed to do. It is time that we give God all glory for all good things we have and that we are. Without him, we could not exist. Without him, we would be completely evil. He is the source of all good we have and all good that we are.
Lord, I come to you this morning, and I acknowledge that I have no good apart from you. I did not make my talent. I did not give myself intellect. I did not even help myself to believe rightly about you. All good that I have is because of you. All glory for anything good in my life is yours. All honor for anything good that I do or I receive is yours. I yield all glory to you, for you are the one worthy of it all.