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No One Like Our God

Weekly Devotionals

No One Like Our God

Recently, I’ve been reading through 2 Chronicles 33 and seeing the rise and fall of the ancient kings ruling over God’s people. At the introduction of the next successor, there is always a precursor to whether this king did right or evil in the eyes of the Lord. After a pretty faithful and God-honoring life was offered by King Hezekiah, his pre-teen son became the next leader of Judah. [If you didn’t catch it, a middle school student was now in charge!] Check it out…

9 But Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 11 So the Lord brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.

Wow, what happened, right? This Manasseh got to see and hear about his father’s legacy and all the Lord did through and for Judah, but ended up “leading the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.” Things got so bad so quickly. Manasseh even sacrificed his own children to pagan gods. I can’t say there are many in the Scriptures that we read about that we might consider the worst of the worst, as this guy!

And at least there is an ounce of justice that we get to see when he was taken captive and shackled as a trophy for Babylon, right? Keep reading.

12 In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. 13 And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.

When I read this, I am so quickly moved from seeing what Manasseh has done to how very good, compassionate, forgiving, and full of unconditional love that our God is. Because really, the Bible is God’s story and He is moved by our humble hearts when we repent. He restores unto us what is actually His and wants us to trust in His Lordship.

So, be reminded of the Lord’s faithfulness friends. While the world sometimes feels like it is spinning out of control with evil acts and our world’s leaders may not be doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, all it takes is a humbled heart and repentance to turn a kingdom upside down in a moment. Our God is truly like none other!