2 Chronicles 33:10-13 “10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 11 Therefore the Lord brought the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria against them, and they captured Manasseh with thongs (nose hooks), bound him with bronze chains and took him to Babylon. 12 When he was in distress, he entreated the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.”


I have seen a lot of people with nose piercings.  I have asked several what they did when they need to blow their nose.  I would be afraid I would blow mine out, if I had one.  Well, Manasseh had a nose piercing too.  But his was put in by the king of Assyria, attached to a chain or rope and used to lead him into captivity.  I bet that hurt!

God had to humble Manasseh greatly to get his attention.  He was an evil king who had led Judah into horrible idolatry, worse than even the people who lived in Canaan before Israel arrived.  Finally, God had enough.  Will God have to take you into “captivity” to get your attention?


Often children think if they are not caught for doing wrong they have gotten away with it.  Moms and Dads, we need to make sure they understand that all sin will be dealt with.  Unconfessed sin in a believer’s life begins to build that wall between us and God.  Sure, we are still saved, but we lose that fellowship.  Sooner or later, we stop hearing God’s voice and feeling His Spirit.

God will not let His children continue in unconfessed sin.  He will get our attention, one way or another.  We must teach our children to stay “confessed up” with God.  It’s really simple.  And how beautiful it is to have restored fellowship with the Lord.

Father, will You help me today to lay out all my dirty laundry before you?  You already know it’s there.  Its stench is before You.  Cleanse me, Lord, so I can walk confidently once again in Your presence.


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