Though God loves us, He cautions us where sin abounds in our lives, Grace much more abounds!
Manasseh was arguably the worst king of Judah. Yet, God continued to reach out to him. As bad as he was, God’s grace was more than sufficient to turn Manasseh’s life around – he just had to let God do it!
2 Chronicles 33:1-9…
Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. 2He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.3He 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. 4He built altars in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “My Name will remain in Jerusalem forever.” 5In both courts of the temple of the Lord, he built altars to all the starry hosts. 6He sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced divination and witchcraft, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.
7He took the 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. 8I will not again make the feet of the Israelites leave the land I assigned to your ancestors, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them concerning all the laws, decrees and regulations given through Moses.” 9But 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.
God loves us but He cautions us to not provoke Him. This can result where sin abounds in our lives.
We need to beware not to fall into traps that Manasseh fell into. He began to follow the wrong people and rebuilt things that should never have been rebuilt.
God is saying be careful to watch your life and your doctrine. He is the God of second chances, and wants to turn your life around.