"Now in the time of his distress this same King Ahaz became yet more unfaithful to the LORD. For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus which had defeated him, and said, “Because the gods of the kings of Aram helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me.” But they became the downfall of him and all Israel." -2 Chronicles 28:22-23
"When he was in distress, he entreated the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God. " -2 Chronicles 33:12-13
We all turn to someone.
When times are tough, when the pressures of this life are pressing hard, where do you turn?
Do you retreat inside, like King Ahaz, drawing on your own knowledge and understanding, which ultimately leads to destruction?
You probably aren't literally sacrificing to idols.
But perhaps you are.
Anything we do for selfish gain. Any action that denies Christ. Any word that defrauds Him of glory.
Aren't these all idol sacrifices?
We've all been there. Manasseh was no stranger to sacrifices to idols. He did some pretty wicked things. And yet, his distress turned him to God.
Caused him to cry out to the Lord.
And you know what? God heard him. Answered him.
Showed Himself to be the ultimate King.
We all turn to someone. Will you make yourself king, and bring destruction on yourself? Or will you humble yourself and allow Him to be the rightful King?
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