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?