II Chronicles 33 (NIV) Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. 3 He 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.
A man named Hezekiah was a god-fearing king who brought about reformation among the Israelites. His son Manasseh, however, was an evil ruler. He had watched his father walk with God and live according to Scripture. Yet he chose to ignore the Lord. I wonder do you ignore the Lord in your spiritual journey?
Manasseh worshipped false gods, even to the point of sacrificing his sons by fire in order to praise Molech. He practiced huge measures of evil, including witchcraft and sorcery, and led Israel astray, thereby provoking God to anger against His own. The king , along with the people, paid a high price for his rebellion. Did you know that your decisions can impact your family, and friends?
This story illustrates the Lord’s intolerance of a nation’s disregard toward Him. Now consider our country America. We, too, are a nation that pushes God aside, one that has turned away from the only true God and embraced idols. Perhaps these aren’t statues of stone, but we worship money, sports ability, fame, and acquisition items of many types.
Did you know that our country? The United States of America was founded on biblical principles with the intent to guarantee freedom of worship. But over time, we have replaced the Lord from many aspects of public life. Prayer in schools, for instance, was deemed unconstitutional. What was once a “nation under God” has turned into a country that tolerates a growing number of sins that leads us away from God.
Point to Ponder: If a nation turns its back on the Lord, The Lord’s judgment is inevitable unless the people repent and make Him Lord once again. As believers, our responsibility is to pray that God would draw the heart of our country back to Himself, and to help the gospel and truth spread through our land. Have a great day family!
In His Love,
Pastor James Baker