I hate those dreaded words when they pop up on my computer screen. It generally indicates that whatever I’m trying to do, my computer isn’t going to allow me to do.
There are times I would have given anything to have had such warning when I was walking down a path I would later regret.
Thankfully, God is more than able to reconfigure us when we’ve gone astray. Many times, we don’t heed those signs that suggest a great idea might not be so great after all.
God reconfigures us by giving us opportunities to change our attitudes, grow in our faith and learn from our experiences.
Our version of a system error may be a relationship that is toxic or other interests that diminish our spiritual lives, not enhance them.
God can reconfigure us using the strangest of circumstances. We can find ourselves in situations where we have no choice but to escape instead of pressing forward.
I’ve certainly been there a time or two.
It’s at this point we must “reboot.”
When a computer reboots, it must first shut down. Sometimes God has to shut down certain things we have going on as well. This is often the only recourse left when have allowed ourselves to become corrupted by some virus or another.
Starting from scratch is rarely ideal especially when you made significant gains only to see them vanish. Loosing data (or things) you believe to be valuable is painful. However, some loss is often necessary if we are ever to function correctly again.
The right virus is certain death for even the most complex computer. The same applies to us. We must arm ourselves with the only “antivirus” that can continually clean off those cookies and extensions that cling to us, many we carry unaware.
Norton doesn’t have anything on God’s Word. It is the only thing that keeps us running smoothly. Software has to update to keep current but God’s Word is unchanging and never fails. It is our only defense for all the malware roaming around that would shut us down for good!
It often takes more time than expected to fix a corrupted disk and more steps than the average person could ever imagine. This is also true when God is “fixing” us and our many circumstances. Yet, because God’s mercies are new every morning, we can all restart!
We can never be so far gone as to fall beyond the reach of our Father.
When is the last time you asked God to restore you?
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3 NKJV