10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 11 So the Lord brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner,put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon. 12 In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbledhimself greatly before the God of his ancestors. 13 And 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. 2Chronicles 33:10
An adolescent was put into rulership — and rebeled…. Ummm, duh.
So the Lord led him into captivity, and in his distress Manesseh learned and “knew that the Lord is God.”
The infamous straight jacket of discomfort. Hog-tied from one’s own mind and actions long enough to look up, desperate enough to pray, entreat, plead. Long enough to really STOP, and know.
Stop. Drop. And Know…
(My new spiritual health campaign.)
Lord, help me stop and listen. I would LOVE to learn without a straight jacket. Help me drop to my knees before I do a thing.