The Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention.Therefore the Lord brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon. And when 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 Manasseh knew that the Lord was God. —2 Chronicles 33
What a beautiful story of grace, mercy and repentance!
- God was speaking to Manasseh, but he did NOT pay any attention.
- God brings trouble, which gets Manasseh’s attention. “When he was in distress,” he turns to God in prayer and humbles himself.
- God hears, is moved and answers. “Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God!”
Anybody out there have a similar story? Indeed, Romans 5:8 states, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God’s grace and mercy is truly amazing!