This is what we read in Acts 12:21-24:
On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them. The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.
Oddly, I find these verses very comforting on a day like today. There is suffering all around the world. Our country is in shambles and it’s getting worse. Babies are killed while in the womb by the millions every year, and Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, even counsels clients on aborting their children because they don’t want a certain gender. Christians with conviction stand up for what God says about marriage, about sexuality, and other professing Christians (the emphasis on “professing”) demonize them. And then I read these verses.
I’m not delighting in the punishment that will be meted out on those who do not give God the glory, but I do rejoice in the sovereignty of God, because His sovereignty knows no bounds. It’s not restricted by Herod, or President Obama, or by you or by me. And praise God for that! That no matter what the word of the Lord will continue to grow and be multiplied. And eventually Jesus Christ will return and take care of everything. To God be the glory! Great things He hath done, is doing, and will continue to do forever and ever. Amen.