PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 2 Chronicles 33-34
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Because you humbled yourself before me… I have heard you.” (2 Chronicles 34:27)
Manasseh was a very bad king (33:1-9); Josiah was a very good king (34:1-7).
Both of them humble themselves before God, though for very different reasons.
Manasseh was taken as a prisoner by Assyria, and was utterly humiliated (33:10-11).
Josiah wants to follow God, but discovers through the Moses Law how bad they were (34:19)
Manasseh had his robes torn from him, while Josiah tore his own robes.
In both cases God responds to the humility that is shown to him.
Why is this; is it because God loves it when people grovel in their shame?
Or is it because God really really hates the way our sin hurts the world and people.
God is not a tyrant, seeking to squish people into miserable wretches.
God is extremely patient, and sadly lets us have our own way, and its results.
God wants us to see how hurtful sin (selfishness, deceipt, lust, violence etc) is.
God is happy when we repent (truly understand) because it means we will want to change.
God wants the best for us, but we can’t find that it if we refuse to live God’s way.
Where in your life do you need to humble yourself before God, so that you can be helped?
Lord, you do not want me to feel worse than I am but to be honest about what/who I am, and how it is worse than I realize. Humble me in the right way, so that with your help I can change for the better.