God Is Patient - But Not Forever
Manasseh defied and rebelled against God for decades! What can you do with someone like that?
God was patient. God kept reaching out. And, when he was ignored, he reached out again. God is patient like no other. How long are we willing to put up with defiance? How long will we reach out to someone who refuses to listen? God’s patience is awe-inspiring. It also brings us to our knees in in worship. God is patient with us.
When we sin, he reaches out. When we ignore him, he reaches out again. When we defy him, when we commit the same sins over and over again, when we ignore him, insult him, and shame him, He is patient with us. God’s patience with Manasseh illustrates God’s grace and the depth of his love. Think about the depth of Manasseh’s sin as we read this text this morning. Then be in awe of God’s grace when you realize that God forgave him! We understand God’s judgment. People deserve it. What brings us to our knees in worship is God’s forgiveness. He sent his Son to forgive us. Jesus died to forgive even the worst of sinners.