“But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the Lord his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. And when he prayed, the Lord listened to him and was moved by his request. So the Lord brought Manasseh back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh finally realized that the Lord alone is God!” — 2 Chronicles 33:12-13
Manasseh was bad–really bad. His life was a litany of errors–each one more despicable than the previous. His willful and rebellious attitude was not only destroying his life, but the life of the people of Judah as well.
Look at the downward spiral of Manasseh’s actions and see if they don’t sound strangely contemporary and personal to our day:
* he rebuilt the pagan shrines (vs. 3)
* he also bowed before all the powers of the heavens and
and worshiped them (vs. 3)
* he built pagan altars in the Temple of the Lord (vs. 4)
* he sacrificed his own sons in the fire (vs. 6)
* he practiced sorcery (vs. 6)
* he took a carved idol he made and set it up in God’s Temple (vs. 7)
* he led the people of Judah and Jerusalem to do even more evil
than the pagan nations that the Lord had destroyed when the
people of Israel entered the land (vs. 9).
With such flagrant violations of God’s laws you would think that Manasseh was a lost cause–a hopeless case. But God in His grace was working in Manasseh’s life. God can take the hopeless and turn them around in a moment.
Manasseh’s life was a mess but God was about to make it a message! In his deep distress, Manasseh turned to the Lord in repentance…and revival came! Manasseh’s life reflects the truth of 2 Chronicles 7:14 in a clearer way than anyone else in the Bible.
If only we as Christians–if only the Church of the living God in America could recognize our state as one of deep distress. If only we would turn back to the Lord and seek Him with our whole heart…revival could come and change our lives and our nation in a moment!
Join me in asking God to take our mess and make it a message!