Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. 20 He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.
21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. Acts 12:21-23
This graphic account of how and why Herod died is instructional.
There are leaders around the world who think they are god and who tell others to worship them as such. The leader of North Korea, Kim Jung Un, comes to mind. The people of North Korea have been beaten down for so long. Their freedoms have been swept away and they don’t hold much hope for their future. He is threatening Japan and the United States with his missiles. Nobody knows if he actually has nuclear capabilities or not.
Pray for the people of North Korea. Just as there are thousands or hundreds of thousands of military ready to go into that land to take down that ruthless dictator, there are just as many South Koreans ready to go in to preach the Gospel. Their years and years of prayers are being heard. There is still no final outcome to the political situation, but God’s people are willing and ready to “invade.” Pray for open hearts of those about ready to hear the Good News.