I am grateful for the life of Manasseh, the evil king of Judah. Manasseh lived a life of idolatry and sexual immorality. As a result, God allowed him to be taken captive by the evil Assyrian empire. But then everything changed.
From captivity, Manasseh cried out to God. “In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors” (2 Chronicles 33:12). God delivered him, and he returned to Jerusalem, where he enforced sweeping reforms.
We have a God of second chances.
Just about every awful sin you can think of, Manasseh did. Most of us would have tossed him to the heap of forgotten failures. But not God. No matter how deep the king sank into the quicksand of his own making, God never let go of the rope.
Eventually, Manasseh grabbed ahold of that rope. What followed was a story of redemption for the ages.
Recovery Step: God is tossing you a rope. Your job is to take it.