Everything God does is an act of mercy. So many times I question things that are, in reality, none of my concern. I question why bad people end up with good things. I question why I have to work so hard as I walk out my faith while others who are not following God wholeheartedly get all the blessings. I know I am not the only one. What about us, as members of the Body of Christ? When we are playing paddy-cake in enemy territory, doing what we think is only our business, are we realizing that our lives lived out affects the decisions that others make? How much time are we truly wasting as we wallow around in unbelief, lack of faith, and fear??
Manasseh had the longest reign of ANY king in Israel and Judah and had the most opportunity to do good, but he didn’t. He wasted time in selfishness and pride and could not see the promises for him right before his very nose because they were UNTOUCHABLE. Why do we turn our noses up at God and say, “That is not for me”, only because we need to see the outcome RIGHT NOW and we can’t trust in the process? That, my friends, is SAD. Why does it have to LOOK like what we think it should look like? IT’S GOD and He works outside of the carnal thinking that we display! At what cost are you willing to give up the good? Don’t let that happen to you. It’s NEVER too late with Christ and it’s never too late to make up the wasted years. The choice is YOURS.
2 Chronicles 33:9-13 – But Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites. 10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 11 So the Lord brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon. 12 In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. 13 And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.
God just wants us at a place of repentance. What is it going to take? Will you say, “There is still time. I will just do that later. There’s always tomorrow.” Don’t let it happen to you. Don’t waste another minute wishing and hoping for good when the good is right in front of your face. The saddest thing I have ever seen is a person turn completely away from an amazing gift only because the gift wasn’t wrapped in the way they thought it should be. God’s ways are not our ways.
You can read 2 Chronicles 33-36 about Manasseh, Josiah, and the fall of Jerusalem at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #2Chronicles
To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from:
Isaiah 55:8-9 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
How can we so easily turn away? If we ONLY KNEW what God had in store for us. We cannot even attempt to fit God into a mold of our own making. We must live each day striving to fit into His plans, and not vice/versa.