And when he was in distress, he besought Jehovah his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 2 Chronicles 33:12
It could be said of Manasseh, he learned his lesson! “..the Lord permitted their king to be captured by Assyrian soldiers who “bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.” 2 Chronicles 33:11. This affliction brought the king to his senses” From Splendor to Shadow p.201. There are a number of bible characters that had experience similar to the one of Manasseh, became rebellious to God and opposed to the will of God. Often due to God’s mercy they would find time to repent and turn back to God and in such incidents we see God’s mercy at work. Let us remind ourselves of a few such incidents.
Samson was ordained of God before his birth, to be a judge over God’s people to deliver them from the cruel nations around them. He chose an opposite path which was clearly not God’s will, which landed him in trouble; imprisoned, slave and blind. He called on God when he was at his worst state God heard his prayer and answered him favorably.
Jonah is another example of this kind, he took off on a different direction away from God. He was ready to die but not turn back, his presence in the ship was endangering other so he volunteered to be thrown into the see, knowing we will die rebelliously. God’s mercy followed him and while at the bottom of the sea and bottom spiritual state he remembered God and was rescued.
Children of Israel as a people had many episodes of rebellion against God, he provided a way out of bondage but they kept provoking God to anger. The snakes that tormented them in the wilderness was a way of reminding them of who God is, and many died due to their stubbornness till they came to their senses and called on God for rescue as recorded in “.. “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede with the Lord so that He will take the snakes away from us. And Moses interceded for the people.” For some it was too late but they did not need to go that far.
Nebuchadnezzar was another leader whose life was full of pride and arrogance. He displayed his power and made it know that all were possible in him only, he took this pride far until God humbled him through wilderness school the are his words recorded in Numbers 21:7, “But at the end of those days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven, and my sanity returned to me. Then I praised the Most High and honored and glorified Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation.”
“The once proud monarch had become a humble child of God, a wise and compassionate king. He now acknowledged the power of the Most High and earnestly sought to promote the fear of Jehovah and the happiness of his subjects.” (p. 270). It is amazing, God gives opportunities to repent of our rebellious ways, and tho may be late to recover from the state once were, we are fully restored spiritually. The world of God is clear; the true exaltation comes from God, James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.”