“And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.”
2 Chronicles 33:15 KJV
Happy Father’s Day to all our fathers; I want to challenge you on this day to make a decision today to never be the same.
The day that you start to see change is the day you decide never to be the same again and that can be today.
Manasseh may be remembered by many as an evil King, because in his formative years the bible said of him that he did evil in the sight of God. He and the people of Judah ignored the warnings of the Lord and as a result, he was taken by the King of Assyria into captivity in 2 Chronicles 33:11. While he was there, he decided that he would never be the same again. Emanating from that decision he sought the ways of God and humbled himself. In addition, he prayed earnestly that he would be returned to his homeland and God granted him his request.
When he returned to Jerusalem he was a completely different man. He cast out the strange gods and repaired the altar of the Lord and commanded the people of Judah to serve the Lord. Manasseh saw change because he decided to change; those around him (the people of Judah) did not change but that never stopped him from changing.
Like Manasseh, choose not to be the same person. Your life is a reflection of your decisions, so to create change you must change your decisions. In fostering change, Manasseh created a new habit, that of seeking God. What is it that you want to see change? Start the process of change by examining your decisions, way of life, habits, in the area that you want to see change, to see if they are aligned to the word of God. Where they are not, create a new habit to seek God’s ways.
Life Application: Give yourself the gift of not being the same again by completely aligning your ways to God’s ways.
Prayer: Dear Lord, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference. Help me to choose to change the things I should. In Jesus’ name,amen.