Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Daily Devotion: The Choices We Make

Bible Reading: II Chronicles 33:1-20

Key Verse: Verse 2 – “But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.”

Key Words: But did that which was evil

Can you believe this guy Manasseh?

  1. He built high places so people could worship false gods (verse 3).

  2. He worshipped the host of heaven rather than God who created them (verse 3).

  3. He built altars so people could worship false gods in the house of God (verses 4 and 7).

  4. He caused his children to be sacrificed to false gods (verse 6).

  5. He used enchantments, witchcraft, and wizards (verse 6).

  6. He made Judah to err spiritually worse than the heathen (verse 9).

One can’t do that and expect to get away with it and Manasseh didn’t. He was taken as a prisoner of war by the Assyrians. At some point he repented, humbled himself and sought God. But Manasseh had to ask himself, “Why did I do that?”

Now before we become too condescending toward Manasseh, let us evaluate our own lives and ask ourselves, “How often do I truly worship God and am I faithful to His house?”

Manasseh, like all of us, have choices to make. Manasseh could have made the choice to leave in place the places of worship his father, Hezekiah, had made; but he chose a different path. He could have chosen to lead the people into righteousness but chose rather to lead them into evil. But in the end he did choose to repent…but the damage for so many had already been done.

We face the same choices. We can choose to make God preeminent or secondary in our lives. We can choose to lead our families and others into righteousness or unrighteousness. For some, you can choose to repent or continue on your path of evil but one day you will ask yourself, “Why did I do that?”

What to do:

✞The choices we make today will be the road we ride tomorrow.

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