Nudges | Listen | Humble Yourself
The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 2 Chronicles 33:10
King Manasseh’s photo could be next to the word “horrible” in the dictionary. Crowned king of Israel at the age of 12, he was one of the worst kings ever, leading the people to sacrifice their babies to idols, engage in witchcraft, and defile the temple of God. God tried to get his attention, but his arrogance was so great that he refused to listen. So God humbled him. An enemy king captured him, put a hook through his nose, and led him around like an ox. Only then did Manasseh humble himself and cry out to God. The Lord saw his humility and restored him to Israel. Verse 13 says, “Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.” What Manasseh may not have realized at the time was that humiliation from God meant that there was still hope for him.
When we’ve spent a lifetime ignoring God’s voice, we can expect one of two things to happen. First, God may wash His hands of us and speak no longer. When that happens, we think it’s peace: No more guilt. We can sin with abandon and think we’re okay with God. But Romans 1:28 calls this state a “reprobate mind.” It’s the worst of the two options because there is no hope. The second possibility is that God humbles us. It took a hook through his nose to get Manasseh’s attention, but he finally humbled himself. We may not get hooks through our noses, but God has other ways of humbling us—none of them pleasant. It’s better if we’ll humble ourselves and listen when He speaks. If we continue to stiffen our hearts, the kindest thing God can do is break us. Humiliation from God means there’s still hope.
Final Thought: Humility means we’re in position to hear God. It’s not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
Prayer: Father, I’m grateful that you still pursue me, even if it requires you to humble me sometimes. Teach me to humble myself and stay tuned to your voice. When you speak, I want to be in a position to hear and obey. In Jesus’ name, Amen.