August 2 Never Too Late

Photo by Matt Gruber

Photo by Matt Gruber

2 Chronicles 32:-33:13; Romans 15:23-16:7; Psalm 25:16-22; Proverbs 20:16-18

“Manassah was 12 years old when he became king and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty five years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out. He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had demolished; he also erected altars to the Baals…He bowed down to all the starry hosts…He sacrificed his sons in the fire…practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking him to anger. Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than all the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites. The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 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. In his distress, he (Manasseh) sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 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 was God.” 2 Chronicles 33:1-13

No matter how far we might stray
from the faith,
succumb to the siren
songs of false gods,
plumb the depths
of depravity
it is never too far
from the ears and heart
of God
who picks up a humbled
heart’s plea for help
and returns a repentant
one to the start,
to a forgiven beginning.

Thank you Father that even the most horrendous life is redeemable in your sight. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” That is why you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, that we, who have been led around by the hook of sin in our noses, might be set free. May we take this message of hope to those who fear it is too late for them. May we take them your message of Grace–for Jesus’ sake, Amen.


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