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Sometimes I wonder why God didn’t fit us with a reboot button. Just imagine, you mess up, make a mistake – hit the reboot button and restore the factory settings. The mistake is wiped away, not just forgotten but as if it had never happened. Facing temptation to go back to a favourite sin – hit the reboot button and those thoughts and temptations could be gone.
But as tempting as the thought is I can see why God didn’t fit us with the reboot button. Through the process of dealing with our sins, their consequences and repercussions we learn and grow. Hopefully we learn how to make better choices when faced with temptation the next time. We also learn again and again how gracious God is that He repeatedly forgives us. With a reboot button grace would diminish.
God did hit the reboot button once – it was the flood and He promised not to repeat that.
Genesis 9:11-16 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
So maybe like me you are starting this week feeling like you need a reboot – maybe you messed up again? Instead of a reboot look for a rainbow – look for the grace of God who forgives and gives a fresh start.
Lord, I can’t reboot my mess up, but I come to you knowing that I can find forgiveness and a rainbow of grace.