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Thought for the Week: 2 Chronicles 33: 9-10, 12-13

by admin on March 3, 2013 in Thought for the Week with No Comments

“Manasseh misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that they did more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the people of Israel.  The Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they gave no heed. […] While [Manasseh] was in distress he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors.  He prayed to him, and God received his entreaty, heard his plea, and restored him again to Jerusalem and to his kingdom.  Then Manasseh knew that the Lord indeed was God” (2 Chronicles 33:9-10, 12-13).

What’s the worst thing you have ever done?  What’s the worst thing you keep doing?  Do you think God is big enough to love you anyway?  With utter confidence, I tell you, He is!  Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39).  Take it from Manasseh that God hears the cries of the contrite.  He embraces the heart of the repentant.  He restores the one who is humbled.  You are never too far from God to turn back into His arms.

Neither is your family nor anyone else you can think of who seems too hardened of heart to respond to God’s promptings.  God has a way of reaching people.  Do not lose hope in praying for those around you who are lost, who are committing evil, or who are too proud or wounded to consider the Lord.  Keep your prayers coming to the heart of the Father.

Lord, You are the God of celebration, yet even in the midst of planning such a joyous occasion as my wedding, I struggle to fully celebrate because of my own sin and the sin of those whom I love.  Empower my faith with hope in Your mercy and might.  Pursue me to the depths of my heart and pursue (name of your non-believing friend) until he/she responds to You with repentance and humility.  Thank You that I can trust in You, O faithful Lord!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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