Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotion #39

Who Gets the Glory?

Matt Destry – Communications Pastor

Scripture

Acts 12:22-24

They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 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. But the word of God continued to increase and spread.

Insight

Everything is a gift. All the good things in your life have been graciously provided for you. There is nothing you’ve done to earn the blessing in your world, and much less ‘every spiritual blessing’ that is ours in Christ. It is all a gift. We have responsibility, to be sure, we have to be diligent with what is entrusted to us, but the things we have are exactly that – an entrustment. We are stewards, not owners.

One minute, King Herod is enjoying the praise of the people, the next minute, he is brought to nothing. Why? Momentum is deceptive. We can become so enamoured with our own success, ability and prospects that we forget where it all comes from. We can forget that we live on ‘borrowed time’ – that all things have been richly and graciously provided by God.

In the passage today we see a dichotomy – we see a vast contrast between the abundance of one man and the abundance of the word. Herod is praised among the people, gives no glory to God and is struck down. The disciples who carry the Word are maligned, but in giving glory to God, the Word spreads and brings forth fruit.

When God gets the glory, things prosper and grow. When man steals the glory, he builds for himself a burden too heavy to carry. Who do you give praise to for your health, opportunities and strength? Who comes to mind when you think of your right standing before God? Who do you appeal to in view of your righteousness? The Lord Jesus is the one from whom all good things flow, and we must recognise His grace in our lives lest we become short-sighted and believe ‘our own press’ – lest we build for ourselves an a barrier too high to jump over.

God has blessed us – God has honoured us, God has loved us in Christ before we loved Him! Walk with Him today in gratitude and thanksgiving, for everything is a gift.