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Read: 2 Chronicles 33:1-25

Focus Verse: 2 Chronicles 33:11-13
“So the Lord sent the commanders of the Assyrian armies, and they took Manasseh prisoner.  They put a ring through his nose,  bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon.  But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the Lord his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors.  And when he prayed the Lord listened to him and was moved by his request.  So the Lord brought Manasseh back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom.  Then Manasseh finally realized that the Lord alone is God!”

WOW!  This chapter will make your head spin.  I have to admit that when I read verse 11, “So the Lord sent the commanders of the Assyrian armies…,” I was like, “Yeah!  Get him, Lord!  Take him out!”  And that’s why I’m not God.  Go forth and rejoice knowing that I’m not responsible for your fate.

Now, did Mannish deserve his punishment?  Absolutely!  Did he deserve to be enslaved?  You bet!  But, we serve a God that loves and has compassion over anyone who calls out to Him.  We serve a God who shows mercy to the sinful and grace to the weak.  We serve a God that doesn’t leave us to rot in our sins.  He doesn’t leave us to die.  He doesn’t turn his back when we cry out in our despair.  No!  We serve a God who loves us even when we turn our back on all His goodness and faithfulness.  We serve a God who is heartbroken when we are lost and distressed.  We serve a God who understands our limitations and chose to die for us because we can’t live a life that’s worthy of His presence.

Stop and think about that.  Stop right now and think about the goodness, and love, and mercy, and compassion of our great God.

Understand that the same compassion God showed Manasseh, He also extends to you through Jesus.  Instead of sending commanders of armies to enslave us, He sent Jesus to the cross.  Instead of having us whipped for our sins, He put those lashes on Christ.  Instead of a crown of thorns, we receive a crown of righteousness.  All because of Jesus.

Now, I know most of you reading this are probably already Christians and you already know all this.  If you are, great.  It’s always good to remember what Christ did for us.  It’s always good to reflect on His grace and mercy that has been extended to us.  Let it sink in.  Don’t take it for granted.

If you’re not a Christian, that’s great too.  The fact that you’re reading this right now means that God is reaching out to you.  And that means He loves you enough to chase you down and let you know that He’s ready to extend the same grace to you that He extends to all who call on Him.  Jesus died for you too.  So take this opportunity.  Right now.  It’s not hard.  It might be scary, but I promise you will never regret it.  Just say the prayer below.

Prayer:
Jesus, I need Your grace.  I need Your mercy.  Today, I’m asking You to be my Lord.  I’m giving my life to You to lead me in whichever way You see fit.  Give me Your Holy Spirit as a guide to empower and direct my life.  I’m giving up control today.  I am Yours now.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

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