40 Days of Grace- Day 37

2 Chronicles 33:12-13 In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 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.

Grace and transformation. That’s power of the story of Manasseh, King of Judah. His father, Hezekiah, was a faithful King and served the Lord, restoring Judah to faithful worship of the Lord. He was honored by all the people of Jerusalem when he died. His son however, was a different story. Manasseh became king and “did evil in the sight of the Lord.” He turned the people away from the Lord and corrupted their worship of Yahweh. He got involved in sorcery, divination, star worship, witchcraft, and all other sorts of evil. He ignored God’s warnings as did the people of  Judah so the Lord eventually, after offering grace repeatedly, allowed Manasseh to be taken captive by the Assyrians. They put a hook in his nose and led him around in shackles to Babylon. It was here in this state, that he “got religion.” He called upon the God of his fathers and cried for mercy and grace. It was here, in this moment, that he was transformed by the power of grace. From that time on he knew that the Lord was God. Why does it so often take that kind of tragedy in our life to get our attention? When God is there all the time with His grace and his presence in our life. Manasseh was transformed by the power of God’s grace. How about you?

3 Comments

  1. Let us stand strong on the firm ground of grace showing the oneness of the Body. Let us live and walk in expressing Christ. Hezekiah was one of the best kings of Judah, but even with him there was a hidden defect, something within him for his own interests and desire (Isa. 39:1-8). If we do not express Christ, we lose the enjoyment and will be carried away into captivity. Even in those dark moment of captivity, God’s grace is still waiting for us. No pain no gain.

  2. There are a couple of admonitions that I’ve used which I learned from my parents while they were raising my siblings and me. One is, “Why do you insist on learning the hard way?” The other is, “You are your own worst enemy!” These have much truth in them until a person accepts Christ and recognizes God’s omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience in his or her life. Until we realize this, we have a tendency to repeat the same bad behaviors that we know are detrimental to our well-being. Once we accept and trust in Christ, our behavior and thinking change dramatically. It is a wonderful thing to watch someone become “reborn” and learn to “put on the full armor of God.”

  3. I appreciate this last 37 days of endeavoring into the Bible – both New and Old Testament. It is wonderful. Thank you Fr Marc for taking time with us in this journey of grace. Speaking about myself, it is amazing that i was once a blind man, but now i can see through Christ. Marc, you are in my heart and prayer because a good man needs prayer. I am inspired by your love for the Christ Jesus and the church. This is my way to say thank you and you are wonderful. Jesus is awesome. I love you. Cheers.

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