“The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention.”
2 Ch. 33:10
Surely the people must have heard the words uttered by some prophets who gave them warning concerning the ill-effects of not following the Lord. If the Israelites intended to hear God’s voice and were determined to heed his warning, they would have heard God’s words proclaimed loud and clear. It hadn’t been all that long since the day when Hezekiah established an example of godliness in their midst, and they were rendered inexcusable if they decided to do otherwise.
“The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention,” we read.
We may not know exactly in what manner the Lord spoke to his people, but it is clear the communication was made, but Manasseh and the people paid absolutely no attention to the message. Indeed, our listening is selective and we listen to what we want to hear and block out the undesired message. The Israelites had already decided to turn away from the Lord; therefore they ceased to hear the voice from above.
We can easily hear God’s voice if we make up our mind to be obedient to his will at all times. If this isn’t the case, we simply tune God’s voice out concerning whatever is contrary to what we want to do. God becomes silent because we simply have silenced him.
Unfortunately, for many of us Christians the Lord might have become some sort of rubberstamp and asking him for permission to do certain things may just be a matter of formality and nothing else. We don’t seem to take the Lord seriously enough and are not willing to alter the course of our life if he directs us to do so. Unfortunately, our main concern in life is what we want to do, not necessarily what the Lord intends for us to do.
Isn’t this the time when we should start to pay more attention to what the Lord has in mind for us and make him our Master and Lord who has total control over our lives and actions?
There are just too many “half-baked” Christians in this world, and we seem to have created a religion to suit our taste, a belief system that allows all things and demands nothing, a religion in which the worshippers have their cake and eat it too. Is this the gospel carved by the death of Christ on the cross, or is it a human invention, forged to meet our selfish needs, both physically and spiritually?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:09:00 AM