God Restores a Sinner
2 Chronicles 33:1-20; 2 Kings 21
VERSE: [Manasseh] prayed unto [God]: and he was entreated of him, and heard his
supplication, and brought him again to
n 2 Chronicles 33:13
The story of Manasseh is good
news for sinners. One is prompted to suppose that God would be more inclined to
punish Manasseh rather than forgive him. After all, this king ignored the
restorative work of his father, King Hezekiah, and plunged
Manasseh desecrates the temple
by building altars for sacrifice to imaginary gods. Even witchcraft is
acceptable to him. Sadly, he rules in
It was not until Manasseh is
bound and fettered by the Assyrians, and carried off to
But God is different. And
praise God for the difference! His mercy was available, even to the evil King
Manasseh. Not only does God forgive the king, he restores him to the kingdom in
I have a good friend whose name is Robert Powell. Years ago he drifted away from church and God. Then one day at the Post Office a church member spoke kindly to him, inviting him back to church and to her Sunday school class.
God used the woman’s kind words to bring Robert back to church and eventually back to God. Robert sought God’s forgiveness and received it. Forgiven and restored, Robert became a dynamic leader of men, first in his own church, and then beyond that as national President of United Methodist Men.
What good news we have to share with people, good people perhaps, who have drifted away from God! Our God will have mercy upon all who call on him. He is able to forgive and to restore.
Perhaps you know someone who needs to hear from you the good news that our God is willing and able to restore sinners!