More Evil Than Unbelievers
This morning I am reading about Manasseh (2 Chronicles 33) who regined as king of Judah from 687-642 B.C. Most of his reign was marked by a tragic display of evil, arrogance, and idolatry. His father Hezekiah sought to lead religious reforms to turn Judah back to the Lord; Mannessah led the people to abandon the Lord and turn to idols: gods made by man. He sought wisdon from fortune-telling and sorcery instead of God. Mannessah even sacrificed his own sons as burnt offerings to false gods. When the Lord sent prophets to call Manasseh to repent, "he paid no attention." The Scriptures declare, "Mannesah led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel."
Those who bore the name of God were more evil than unbeleivers! Those called to reflect God's light displayed the darkness of Satan!
Because of Manasseh's sin, God brought judgement on Judah through the powerful and evil naiton Assyria. Bound with chains, Manasseh was taken captive to Babylon. Manasseh had two choices, the same two choices any of us have when life hits rock-bottom. He could continue to live with an evil, self-indulgent, hardened-towards-God heart, or he could humble himself, fall to his knees, and cry out to the one true God who is ruler of the universe. Listen to the Scriptures:
And he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manesseh knew that the Lord was God. 2 Chronicles 33:13
What About You
Is your heart hard towards God? Do you refuse to listen when He calls you to Himself? Have you hit rock-bottom? What will you have to go through to come to know that the Lord is God and that He is our only hope? Maybe by doing things your own way, you have lost everything that meant most to you; could it be that if your turned to the Lord, he would restore that which was good in your life?