August 5, 2017
. . at a birthday celebration for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests and delighted Herod so much that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for. Mt_14:1-12
We always have to be very careful of what we ask for and what we promise others, beloved. It just may not turn out to be what we expected!
Even though Herod arrested John the Baptist, he still liked to listen to him. You know what, he may have even been in a process of conversion. But in a drunken stupor, enticed by a body and a dance, Herod made a promise he regretted. A promise that not only resulted in his loss of John, but was also the end of any hope he ever had of conversion too. “Oh what the heck! Life goes on! Nobody ever said it was a bed of roses!”
Well, Jesus didn’t tell us that this physical life would be a bed of roses either. As a matter of fact He outright told us that there would be persecutions and pain and suffering. But what He did tell us was that IF we keep on the straight and narrow. IF we Love rather than hate. IF we stand up rather than give up, there WILL be something more that will make it all worth it – Heaven!
Herod didn’t have that hope! So what was another life of a meaningless loud mouth anyway! Life goes on! Have another drink and maybe it will all just fade into the fog!
But we know better, beloved, don’t we! Follow Jesus. Pray for their conversion! Love them anyway. And God will know where our hearts truly lie. Let those hearts lie in His Hands, beloved, and in His Hands they will rest, forever – along with Jesus and along with John!
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