April 30, 2017
Time to Come Back Home
In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. 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. 2 Chronicles 33:12-13
Many Christians experience times in their lives when they are far from the Lord. But all heaven rejoices when a wayward child comes back home. That’s what happened to King Manasseh.
Manasseh was a king who “did evil in the eyes of the Lord” and dragged his country down the path away from God. But God got Manasseh’s attention by sending the king of Assyria to take him captive (more specifically, the Assyrian king “put a hook in [Manasseh’s] nose, bound him with bronze shackles, and took him to Babylon). In his distress, Manasseh humbled himself. God saw the sincerity of the king’s heart and restored the kingdom.
Maybe you are a bit like Manasseh. You have made mistakes in your life and have the scars to prove it. But today is the day to humble yourself before God. Today is the day to seek His forgiveness. It is time to come back home.
Father, thank You for reminding us through the story of Manasseh that there is no sin that You cannot forgive. Prod the wanderer to come back home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.