He implored the Lord his God,
and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
2 Chronicles 33:12
During his reign as king, Manasseh sacrificed his own children to idols, ruthlessly killed people, and practised all kinds of evil. But after he repented and began to worship God, his conduct was radically altered.
Manasseh’s life illustrates the truth that what we believe deep within us has a profound effect on our behaviour. That is why the lawlessness and violence of our day should not surprise us. What can we expect from people when they have been taught that belief in God and absolute standards are mere superstitions? It is no wonder that cheating in our schools and teen pregnancy are national scandals. No wonder, vicious crimes make the news every day.
The only real solution to this problem is a return to belief in God as He has revealed Himself in the Bible. Manasseh’s life was dramatically, and forever changed, and the lives of people today are also transformed when they hear the truths of the Bible and respond in obedient faith.
Since what we believe is so important, we not only need the truths of God’s Word that can save us from a Christless eternity, but we also need the truths that can prevent us from making tragic mistakes in this life. We need to keep fresh in our minds the beliefs that changed our lives.
2 Chronicles 33:1-20.
Father God, I thank You, that You do indeed change life of anyone who comes to You through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You Lord, that You changed my life when Your Son saved me, and You forgave me my sins. Amen.