JULY 7 - James 4:10 and 2 Chronicles 33:12-13

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

“Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.”
James 4:10
“And when he (Manasseh) was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed unto Him: and he was intreated of Him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord, He was God.”
2 Chronicles 33:12-13
Memory Catcher: The first 3 letters of “humble” are the first 3 letters of “human.” The first 3 letters of “Manasseh” contain the “Man” in human.
God humbles his “Man …asseh.”
God wields the right and the power to not only humble man, but to restore him and reinstate him for the purpose of holiness and for His glory.
Many of God’s elect slid downhill in their latter years, puffed up by power, position and prominence. Manasseh switches the order up and allows us to see a man puffed up in the early years and brought low and made usable in his last years.
A miracle in motion, Manasseh’s life is a profile of God’s promise to abide, lift up, and elevate the soul that is broken and turns to Him.
Manasseh reigned over Israel for 55 years. He followed the evil customs of the idolatrous nations around him and had an evil impact for many years over God’s people.
-He built up the high places and worshiped to the pagan gods, providing even his own children as sacrifices to them.
-He utilized and lifted up the practice of witchcraft and enchantments.
-He encouraged evil to flourish and holiness to be stamped out.
He led an entire nation away from God and encouraged them in evil.
A pretty unbeatable list.
Hmmm ...
Manasseh’s change came about when Assyria came in, conquered the nation, and took him captive. He was given brutal treatment, bound with fetters, and carried into captivity.
At the crux of his affliction, God intersected him with His mercy, grace, and love, and Manasseh bowed his head, turned his heart, and confessed his sin.
In his final years he was restored and reinstated as King and the effects of his conversion are immediate, obvious, and God glorifying.
And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the Lord, and all the altars he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. And he repaired the altar of the Lord, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings, and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel.”
2 Chronicles 33:15-16
For the individual who thinks he’s gone too far, done too much evil, lived too many lies, and perhaps, even, provoked others to sin and led others astray …
This one’s for “you.”
Be encouraged;
God’s not finished with you yet.
 Indeed, He is only just beginning.
The mercy of God is stronger than the mess of man.
The holiness of God is weightier than the shame of man.
The forgiveness of God is greater than the sin of man.
The blood of Christ is greater than any sin you’ve ever committed and anything you’ve ever done … and will always be.
Bow your head,
Turn your heart,
Confess your sin.
“Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift thee up.”
James 4:10
That's God's promise to you.
It is God’s work to “right” the ship;
Let Him do it and believe Him for it.
How He does it, when He does it, where He does it remains one of God’s holy mysteries …
But that He does it is the greatest one of all.
In the letting go comes the lifting up.
God be praised for all the things He has yet to do in you.
For mercy and lovingkindness unfathomable, Lord,
Thy name is to be praised.
For Thy immortal holy blood flowing through my sinful mortal soul,
Thy name is to be praised.
For holiness that exceeds my evil,
For grace that pardons my iniquity,
For mercy that moves me to humility,
Thy name is to be praised.
Let that which was once evil be made whole.
Let areas where I have transgressed Thy name be areas that begin to display Thy glory.
Let thy name be the name by which I’m known.
To thee be all praise.