King Herod was known for many things. He was a powerful man and someone people feared. He was known for building great edifices of stone, such as the Jewish temple and Masada.
One such structure we visited gave us an understanding of the power of this man. It was an aqueduct that crossed miles and miles of land transporting water from fresh sources.
Thousands of men did the backbreaking work, lifting millions of stones too heavy for a single man to carry. Why did they do it? They did it because this one man wanted it, and none dare stand in his way.
Yet, this powerful man’s greatest fear was the fear of losing his power. This fear dogged his every decision. It motivated his slaughter of innocent children in Bethlehem all because of an ancient prophecy that the King of the Jews would be born in the city.
He was blinded by his power. Thinking he had the power to thwart God’s plan he became a brutal insane leader whose life ended not long after.
When the plans we’ve made for our lives seems to go another direction, don’t fight it. Remember, the Lord has it in control. He knows what He’s doing and we will benefit by following His lead.
A Diamond in the Rough,