Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


November 24, 2011

The Bible seems like one bad news-good news story after another. Why don't we get it?

Therefore 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 pleas; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.
                                                           --2 Chronicles 33:12,13 TNIV

Manessah forgot as King of Judah, king of the people of God, that he was a person of faith. Instead he got arrogant, bigger than his people, and bigger than his God. Until someone bigger came along: the King of Babylon. Next thing Manessah knew he was a slave in chains. That's bad news, right? In his misery, Manessah, repented, and cried out for God. And as we read above, God acted in mercy, and restored Manessah. That's the good news, yes?

But maybe the good news for us, is that we don't make the same arrogant mistakes that Manessah did, yes? That we may not simply be another one of those bad news-good news stories. Enjoy the good news today, my friend.


Dale Patterson