A Thought for Today: “Here We Go Again”
The Kings of Judah are like a yo-yo.
Up and down and all around.
King Hezekiah, for the most part, follows the Lord God.
His son Manasseh does exactly the opposite.
Please read the following verses.
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years.
2 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.
3 He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had demolished; he also erected altars to the Baals and made Asherah poles. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them.
4 He built altars in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “My Name will remain in Jerusalem forever.”
5 In both courts of the temple of the Lord, he built altars to all the starry hosts.
6 He sacrificed his sons in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking him to anger.
7 He took the carved image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.
8 I will not again make the feet of the Israelites leave the land I assigned to your forefathers, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them concerning all the laws, decrees and ordinances given through Moses.”
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.
Now starting in verse 12, King Manasseh turns back to the Lord.
Once again, the yo-yo effect.
In my mind, I want to think, what is wrong with these kings? Why do they keep turning away from the Lord?
I was brought up to know and follow the Lord Jesus.
Nevertheless, it took me many years to really serve the Lord and follow His Word.
It took a long time to give Christ first place in my heart.
Love Christ, love His people and follow Him.
When our life does not line up with the Word of God, may we always change our lives.
Perhaps I should say, might we all allow the Holy Spirit of God to change our lives.
A yo-yo is kind of fun to play with.
It is not a good example of a way to live a life.