Then He Knew
“Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.” 2 Ch. 33:13
It might have been a little late for the king to come to realize who the Lord was, yet it did take place and the king could start to serve the Lord, however long the remainder of his earthly days was to be.
Even though I didn’t have the privilege to be born into a Christian home and start to follow the Lord as a child, God called me out of my darkness when I was relatively young. Not only did he keep me from committing more sins by saving me, he also endowed me with more earthly days to serve him. Had he waited until my old age to reveal himself to me, I would have wasted my life doing superfluous things.
All things can wait, but knowing the Lord should never be delayed, for our life on earth is quite short and a day spent without serving and loving the Lord is a day wasted.
“Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.” This also meant the king came to know who he himself was as well, and his life and actions must have been gone through a complete transformation. The conviction and realization of the truth that the Lord is God impacts our lives to the core, and not to be transformed into the image of God is utterly impossible. To know him is to love and to follow him, and not to do so is just totally irrational and contradictory to one’s conviction and belief.
It’s rather naïve to assume Manasseh’s life was thoroughly reformed from then on, for the point of his conversion was merely the beginning of the turning of his life toward a new direction. Unfortunately, he might not have had a lot of time remaining on earth to walk with the Lord. What he had done as a king caused its irreparable damage, for his legacy of idolatry would forever remain and whatever he did couldn’t be undone.
Surely a man’s life should always be defined by how he ends, not by the way he begins, yet one can certainly accomplish more for God’s kingdom if he allows himself more time to invest by turning to the Lord in his youth, not in his old age. There must have been regret and remorse when the apostle Paul considered how he had squandered his youth in pursuing useless things. It is entirely possible that King David’s heart was filled with sweet nostalgia when he pondered about his young days as a shepherd. I find it rather interesting that Saul was looking for his father’s lost donkeys when he met Samuel, while David was tending his father’s sheep when Samuel inquired about him. The former was wandering aimlessly and the later was shepherding and composing psalms praising the Lord. How and when one starts the journey of following the Lord makes a difference in the outcome of one’s entire spiritual enterprise. I am sure Manasseh must have had regrets for not coming to know the Lord much earlier than he did.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 6:06:00 AM