Ruthless Power vs. Godly Authority

“When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.”

– Matthew 2:16

Power is like a drug — the more you gain, the more addicted you become and the more drastic the measures you will take to protect it. This was definitely true of King Herod, who ruled over Jerusalem at the time of Jesus’ birth. Though he hadn’t previously thought anything about this King of the Jews who was to be born in Bethlehem, the fact that a group of wise and wealthy men from the east came to worship Him was enough to get the jealous king’s attention. When he called the Magi to himself, he tried to use them to find out the exact whereabouts of the child. However, since they didn’t provide the requested information, this ruthless ruler took his thirst for power to an extreme and had all the Jewish children aged two and under in that region killed. This horrible act of terror was a perfect example of the great lengths a person will go to to feed their fear of losing control. 

My friend, though King Herod is an extreme case, I encourage you to learn from his example and surrender any need you feel to attain and maintain control. Though the kingdoms of this earth always look enticing, there is nothing in them that is not already in the possession of your Savior. The Lord of the Universe and the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills lives within you. You are His beloved child and He delights in sharing the abundance of His treasure; however, you must acknowledge Him as its source. When you submit yourself to His good and Godly authority, He will raise you up in due time and give you influence that is far greater than any you could achieve through damaging and destructive worldly tactics!


Protect my heart, Jesus, from a need for power, and exalt me in due time as I humble myself under your Hand.


What areas of your life tempt you to want worldly power and control?

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