Now Herod was very angry with the people…
Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech. The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!”
Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.
From Acts 12:20-23
Perhaps God’s Spirit warned Herod about his pride many times. No, no, no, Herod! You know this is wrong! No human can earn for himself the degree of the power you have. Surely you understand power, and you must realize your power has been entrusted to you by a higher power.
I have felt worms eating my soul whenever I look for reasons to feel important, want people to look up to me, or give me power. Dark, creepy worms of pride suck oxygen from rooms and pollute everyone’s spirit.
Standing ovations pass quickly. A season of power is just a season. It’s also a sacred trust. The power God gives never was intended to be spent on ourselves, but invested for the good of others.
Pride goes before destruction. Proud people are sick and smelly. Few people want to be around them except relatives who are obligated to love them and greedy people who want something from them.
A proud person’s version of humility can be a wall of humble behavior surrounding a deceitful heart that says, “It’s still about me.” We must know God’s version of pride and replace it with God’s version of humility.
Pride always goes before destruction. Humble people are honored. They feel God’s closeness and sleep peacefully at night.
According to Jesus in Mark 9:48, the worms are still eating Herod, and will continue eating him for eternity. I don’t think a moment or even a lifetime of pride is worth it.