Reading through the Bible together
“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king” (verse 1). Obviously he was born in Hezekiah’s last 15 years of life. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Why did Manasseh do evil when he had every opportunity to do good? His father Hezekiah’s influence on his son probably was not all that good, and the good foundation on which Hezekiah did build became lost in one generation.
What a loss! The Scripture says, “Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites” (verse 9). Leaders have great responsibilities, and the burden God places on them is huge, especially when they are leading the whole nation. Thus leaders should be men of God, asking God to be their guide so they will not lead people astray.
Leaders also should be careful in their actions because they are under close scrutiny. The best practice is not to become stumbling block for people. Sometimes even if the action itself may not be wrong, but if it can be interpreted wrongly, leaders should avoid those courses of action.
May we learn to be wise leaders, no matter on what level, who listen to God and also listen to the needs of His people.
Chinese Union Mission