Exile and Return
Posted in the Fredericktown Forum
Saint Louis, MO
#1 Jul 18, 2012
Read 2 Chronicles 33:1 through 34:33
Geronimo, the famous Apache warrior, rebelled against the United States government numerous times. Eventually US authorities decided Geronimo could not be trusted to live on a reservation in his homeland, so he was shipped to Florida, then to Oklahoma. Geronimo never again lived in his homeland.
King Manasseh rebelled against God, and, like Geronimo, Manasseh was exiled for his actions. He was, however, more fortunate than Geronimo because for Manasseh repentance brought relief. God returned Manasseh back to his homeland.
When he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God (2Chronicles33:13).
When we go through hard places, God uses these trials to show us our weaknesses, shortcomings, and need for Him so we will turn to Him for healing and restoration. When we repent, God is more than willing to forgive and restore us.
Challenge for Today: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you examine your actions and motives. Repent for any sins the Lord shows you.
Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 33:113
Thursday Bible Reading Schedule: Morn. Psa. 43-45 & Even. Acts 27:27-44
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