And the LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen. – 2 Chronicles 33v10
Manassah was yet another wicked king. He set up altars to other gods in the Temple of God. He turned the people totally away from God. They were worse than the pagans.
But God was not willing to give up on them. Still God spoke to them. Still God told them what to do. Still He was willing to give them a chance.
But they would not listen.
How sad is that? God would not give up on them, but they would not listen. God was willing to teach them, but they would not listen.
Have you ever tried to talk to someone who was making foolish choices? You know it. You can see it. It has already started and they are already starting to suffer the consequences, but still they will not listen. Isn’t that one of the most frustrating situations to deal with?
Now think about God doing this. We are only human. We can only give the best advice we can. But God knows everything. He knows that what He says is best.
But still people do not listen.
If people do not listen when God Himself speaks should we be surprised when people do not listen to us?
Keep it up. All we can do is speak, people are responsible for whether or not they listen.