II Chronicles 33:15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.
Manasseh had been evil. He had brought idols into the very temple of God. He had lived in horrible rebellion against God. He had done worse than those that came before him. Then God afflicted him, chastised him, punished his sin. Manasseh realized that God was indeed God. He realized that religion wasn’t just some human-made game but that God was the all-powerful.
After his chastisement or rather during it he repented. His repentance was genuine. After it was over, he turned to God. He did right. He undid what he had done. He took away the strange gods. He took the idol out of the house of God. He broke down things that he had built.
When you do wrong as a believer, you can be sure that God is going to deal with you. He will humble you. He will break you so that you will honor and serve Him. Repent. Turn and do what you know is right. He is God and serving Him isn’t a joke. Christianity is not some human-made idea but a relationship with the real, all-powerful, God of the universe.
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