April 23 Devotional

And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed unto Him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom.  Then Manasseh knew that the LORD He was God” (II Chronicles 33:12-13).

 

The beginning of this chapter says that Manasseh did evil in the sight of God; so these verses caught my attention.  In these two verses, the Bible speaks of Manasseh turning back to God, and God taking care of him.  Have you ever felt that you had sinned against God so many times, or so badly that He would never be willing to forgive you?  Manasseh might have felt that way, but he did something that each of us needs to do on a regular basis.  Verse twelve says that Manasseh “humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.”  When was the last time you humbled yourself greatly before God?  Most of us don’t have time to humble ourselves greatly.  Most of us are too proud to humble ourselves greatly.

 

I believe that we will never see the power of God made evident in our lives until we humble ourselves greatly.  I do not mean talking about it … I’m talking about actually doing it.  I remember in college during a testimony time hearing a girl say that she thanked God for her humility.  I almost laughed out loud!  When someone feels a need to tell you how humble they are, they typically are not very humble!  Don’t talk about being humble, practice it today.  Go to God with a humble heart and admit your sin.  You have sinned … He knows all about it … don’t try to explain it away; accept responsibility for it, and forsake it!  Go to God with a humble heart and admit that you don’t have all the answers to the problems facing you.  Yield your heart to His and ask for His incredible power to stand in your place!  Go to God humbly and trust Him for the provision of your needs.  We waste too much time worrying and fretting about how we will meet the needs we have, when in reality, we simply need to humble ourselves before Him and let Him show Himself strong.

 

After Manasseh made a mess of his life doing it “his way,” he turned to the God of his fathers and found forgiveness, and help.  That same God is alive and well today and is ready to help you … if you will humbly turn to Him.  I thank God for his grace and mercy!  I am grateful that He does not give me what I deserve, but mercy instead!

 

Go as far as you can, then wait on God.” – Unknown