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Doing Something Right

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July 17, 2023 8:00 pm

Doing Something Right

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July 17, 2023 8:00 pm

The letter from “Jason,” an inmate, surprised my wife and me. We “foster” puppies to become service dogs assisting people with disabilities. One such puppy had graduated to the next training phase, which was run by prisoners who have been taught how to train the dogs. Jason’s letter to us said, “Snickers is the seventeenth dog I’ve trained, and she is the best one. When I see her looking up at me, I feel like I’m finally doing something right.”

Jason isn’t the only one with regrets. We all have them. Manasseh, king of Judah, had plenty. Second Chronicles 33 outlines some of his atrocities: building sexually explicit altars to pagan gods (v. 3), practicing witchcraft, and sacrificing his own children (v. 6). He led the entire nation down this sordid path (v. 9).

“The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention,” reads the account (v. 10). Eventually, God got his attention. The Babylonians invaded, “put a hook in his nose, . . . and took him to Babylon” (v. 11). Next, Manasseh finally did something right. “He sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly” (v. 12). God heard him and restored him as king. Manasseh replaced the pagan practices with worship of the one true God (vv. 15–16).

Do your regrets threaten to consume you? It’s not too late. God hears our humble prayer of repentance.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Brad.

Our reading, titled Doing Something Right, was written by Tim Gustafson. The letter from Jason, an inmate, surprised my wife and me. We foster puppies to become service dogs to assist people with disabilities. One such puppy had graduated to the next training phase, which was run by prisoners who have been taught how to train the dogs. Jason's letter to us expressed sorrow for his past, but then he said, Snickers is the 17th dog I've trained, and she is the best one. When I see her looking up at me, I feel like I'm finally doing something right. Jason isn't the only one with regrets.

We all have them. Vanessa King of Judah had plenty. Second Chronicles 33 outlines some of his atrocities, building sexually explicit altars to pagan gods, practicing witchcraft, and sacrificing his own children. He led the entire nation down this sordid path. The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. Eventually, God got his attention. The Assyrians invaded, put a hook in his nose, and took him to Babylon. Next, Manasseh finally did something right. He sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly. God heard him and restored him as king. Manasseh replaced the pagan practices with worship of the one true God. Do your regrets threaten to consume you?

It's not too late. God hears our humble prayer of repentance. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from 2 Chronicles chapter 33, verses 10 through 16. The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 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. In his distress, he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. 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. Afterward, he rebuilt the outer wall of the city of David, west of the Gihon spring in the valley.

As far as the entrance of the fish gate and encircling the hill of Othell, he also made it much higher. He stationed military commanders in all the fortified cities in Judah. He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem, and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord the God of Israel. Let's pray. Father, thank you for redeeming our mistakes and using them to help us become more Christ-like. May we spend some time today considering where we need to be honest with you about our shortcomings and hidden sin, and humbly seek your loving correction. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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