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Herod was a wily soul and a very insecure, ego-maniacal leader. He tried to con the wise men into coming back and telling him where the Christ child was “so [he] could go and worship Him, too.” He was so threatened by a newborn babe and so puffed up with his own power, he just assumed he could outsmart God. When he didn’t get his way, he slaughtered innocent babes.
It makes me nauseous. And it’s so easy to look down my nose at him.
But I often act that same way. I remember many times when I tried to make things come out my way without praying about what God wanted. I hesitate to imagine the spiritual casualties that resulted in.
And yet, I also find comfort. When God sets something in motion, He is not deterred my human sin. When He ordains something, He is supreme and finds a way. Look at your life today. Look at what God has spoken over it. And then stop being concerned by the circumstances you find yourself in. God is sovereign!