BY Charles Stanley
2 Chronicles 33:1-19
The story of Manasseh, king of Judah, is an example of what happens when we ignore God. His life illustrates how rebellious actions bring far-reaching consequences to ourselves and others.
Hezekiah preceded Manasseh as ruler of Judah. 2 Chronicles 29:2 says Hezekiah "did right in the sight of the LORD." Instead of imitating his father's positive example, Manasseh disregarded the Lord's commands. He followed the ungodly practices of the surrounding nations. His list of sins is great. He defiled God's name and His temple. He also led the people far away from the Lord. God spoke to Manasseh and the people. But they paid no attention Him because they had become deaf to His voice.
The Lord brought judgment to both Manasseh and the nation he ruled. The Assyrians invaded Judah, humiliated the king, and made him their prisoner. In his suffering, Manasseh had a dramatic change of heart. The Lord heard his plea, saw his genuinely repentant heart, and restored him to the throne.
God's response gives hope to all of us. Our heavenly Father is merciful. He will listen and respond to our cries of true repentance. Manasseh proved his repentance by ridding the nation of idols and restoring worship to God alone. God expects us to change our ways, too.
Disregarding the Lord is a serious matter. We can lead family and friends astray by influencing them to follow suit. Confess how you've ignored God. Give Him your full attention today.
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