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.
Meanwhile, the word of God continued to spread, and there were many new believers.
Acts 12:23, 24
I took a Judo class in college. The instructor taught us how to leverage our opponent’s weight against him.
As I read through the book of Acts, I wonder who God’s judo instructor was. No matter what the world did, God leveraged it to grow the church.
- Meanspirited egomaniac rulers who murdered each other to obtain power and position.
- Religious leaders who booted the believers out of their assemblies and turned the local government authorities against them.
All this pain and affliction attracted more people to huddle together under the shadow of the God of love and hope who promised to carry them beyond death.
He did it then. He still does it today.