Acts 12:21 Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people's worship instead of giving glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.
I thought this morning, "This verse is powerful and important!" It made me wonder how much I had missed out on because I didn't give God the credit. Herod took the credit from the people and was struck with sickness. Is there three levels to this...Taking the credit or praise, not giving God credit, then giving God credit? I don't know...but I do know that I don't want to take God's credit yet sometimes I probably do without even thinking about it.
How often does somebody praise us for "our" accomplishments and we are so proud of ourselves that we forget that that ability came straight from God himself? We are using those resources wisely when we use the abilities God gives us...but the ability to understand and do comes from God. When we become aware of that in all aspects of our lives we become more thankful. The more thankful we are the more we open up the windows for blessings to fall down on us from God.
We have to be so careful... so very careful that we never ever take the adulation, that belongs to God, for ourselves. Herod did that and look what happened to him. The more we have, the more power we have the more careful we have to be to understand that what we have, what we have accomplished is a gift given to us from God himself. Then we need to give God the praise, the credit for all that was accomplished through us by Him.