Today’s Reading | Acts 12
Characteristics of a Weak Man
As you read this chapter, what did you notice about those mentioned? Was it the lack of faith which was demonstrated by the disbelief that Peter could possibly be at the door? Or was it the courage of Peter in the midst of certain death? Or how about the spineless leadership of Herod? After reading the record of Herod’s actions, it makes one wonder how he ever got into a position of leadership. He had Peter arrested, not because he had done anything wrong, but only because it would please the Jews. Herod could not accept the fact that Peter had escaped, and so in frustration, he executed the guards. But, his mistakes did not stop there. His final mistake was accepting praise for himself which should have been given to God. Herod’s life illustrates that weak people’s actions are based upon the opinions of others; they refuse to accept responsibility for their actions and accept credit for what others have done. Are you like Herod, motivated by what pleases God or by pleasing men? Do you give credit where it belongs or take it for yourself? Do either of these characteristics describe your life? If so, ask God to remove them from your life.
In what areas do you care more about what pleases others than about what pleases God?
Do you hear the truth but refuse to listen to it because it may make you look bad?
Are you taking credit for something someone else is doing?
How can you begin to turn those areas into strengths and not feed your weaknesses?