Reflect how often we have sinned against God?
2 Chronicles 33:12
“When he was in distress, he entreated the favour of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers“.
After Hezekiah’s death.
His son Manasseh became king at the age of 12 and he was the longest reigning king ruling Judah for 55 yrs. But he went astray from his father’s God and became the worst king who reintroduced idol worship and made his sons to walk over fire. He practised witchcraft, placed an idol in the Jerusalem temple. He offered his own son as sacrifice to Molech, a heathen idol.
Above all he made the people worship idols, thus provoking God’s anger.
God in His mercy warned Manasseh and the people, but they would not listen.
⚡ So God made the captains of the Assyrian king draw Manasseh with hook and chains to Babylon. When he was in distress, he remembered the God of his fathers, and humbled before him, repented and prayed to Him. God in His mercy heard his cry and brought him back to Jerusalem.
⚡ A real transformation has come into the life of Manasseh, like that of the prodigal son who returned to his father. He made his change real by taking away the foreign idols first. Then he tore out the altars he had
built in the temple, repaired the altar of God and offered sacrifices to the living God of Israel.
⚡ The Bible says, “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the
truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
(1 John: 1: 8-9)
⚡ The reason God cannot come into our life is that we are not at the point of complete repentance. When we repent, we realize that we are absolutely helpless.
⚡ We know that Peter and Judas sinned by denying and betraying the
Lord Jesus respectively. But Peter confessed his sin and repented to be restored. But Judas confessed to the High priest and repented not, which led him to utter destruction.
⚡ The scripture says, “For godly sorrow produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death”
(2 Corinthians: 10:7)
💥 Let us take a moment to reflect how often we have sinned against God?
Don’t be self satisfied to think” 0, I am not like that” God proves our heart. A repented life is a restored life.
Dr. Thomas David🎯