“O Lord, You have searched and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up: You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are always acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.” ~ Psalm 139 1- 6
Hezekiah” did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.” 2 Kings 18:3. “So Hezekiah rested with his fathers. Then Manasseh his son reigned in his place. Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephizibah. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.” 2 Kings 20:21 – 21:2
The father does what is right in the sight of the Lord; the son does evil. How does this happen? It is not clear here to me in 2 Kings what has happened to account for this great difference between father and son. Could it have been because Hezekiah was so old when Manassah was born that he did not have time to instill in him the fear of the Lord? Was Manassah too young when he began his reign? Did something happen in Manassah’s life that caused him to turn from the Lord? This is all speculation on my part, but it’s scary to think that a father would follow hard after God and the son would go in the opposite direction. How does this happen?
I then think that no matter our circumstances we all have a choice; a choice to pursue God or not. It’s a daily, moment by moment choice. Certainly what we are taught influences who we become, but we all have a choice of who we will serve and how we will live our lives.
Our God know us. He knows our very thoughts and where we’ve been in our lives. He wants to protect us and lead us. How wonderful! In this we have hope!
“Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me and know my anxieties; and see if ther is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Amen