Manasseh was raised during the season that his father’s heart was lifted up in pride. He obviously was not effectively trained in the things of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 33:10 says that the Lord spoke to him and his people, but they would not listen.
Verse 11 says, “Therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon.” Nose hooks and chains left him no wiggle room.
Verse 12 says, “Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.” Have you ever felt like there was no hope for someone you know that is wicked? Is there hope for the wicked who are seeking to oust God from our nation? Yes. There is always hope until they take their last breath.
Here was wicked Manasseh. He was worse than all the kings before him. Yet, he greatly humbled himself and God heard him. Verse 13 says, “And he prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.”
Yet Manasseh’s turning to God did not influence his son. Amon did evil in the sight of the Lord. It is good to ask ourselves this question: How am I influencing those around me? Does my life reflect Jesus? This is the hour of our country’s great need. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord and cry out for His intervention. There is hope for the wicked if they will humble themselves before Him and acknowledge that He alone is God!