|In the midst of the attacks on Israel, I pray that God brings healing for the injured and the families of the innocent people whose lives were lost. I’ve made many wonderful memories in the Holy Land, and today, I want to share a lesson that came to me during my last trip there. Every individual who strives to lead a great life should know the difference between what the world teaches us and what God teaches us. Herod the Great built many beautiful structures, including the great fortress of Masada. After the announcement of Jesus’ birth, he invited the Magi into his palace and asked where the King of Jews would be born so he could meet him. Even though he was smiling, on the inside he felt venomous and wanted to kill this child to protect his kingdom.On the outside, Herod was accomplished and claimed to be the king of the Jews, but he was filled with ego and only cared about his own survival and the sustainment of his kingdom. In the end, Jesus, a humble itinerant preacher who didn’t really own much, didn’t have any children and didn’t build any buildings, is the most important figure in human history. In comparison to all the literature, songs, and buildings created in His name, Herod pales in comparison.
Friend, as you strive to live a great life, I encourage you to distinguish between what the world teaches you in comparison to what God teaches. Know that God wants you to lead a great life, but the way He wants you to do it is the Godly way. The Bible mentions that God will lay down the arrogant and the proud, while He lifts up the humble. I am confident that God will be with you as you step into humility!