How many of you have ever had to hit the ‘reset’ button on a gaming system, PC, or DVD player? You’re playing Mario Kart when suddenly the game glitches, your PC locks up, or your favorite movie starts repeating itself. What do you do? You reach for the reset button and hope that it fixes the problem. If it doesn’t, you are frustrated; but if it fixes the problem, you are elated.
So many times in my life I feel like God has reached down and pushed the reset button. Things were going along great and then I’d get consumed by worldly things and caught up in my own selfish desires. I’m grateful that when those things happened, God found a way to push reset in my life. Sometimes God would speak to me through my conscience, other times through a friend, or through a lesson learned the hard way. There were times when I listened and my focus was put back on God. There were times when I nearly lost my life in order to follow my worldly desires, but God stepped in. Sometimes I still wouldn’t listen, but He never stopped loving me or whispering to me that I could ‘reset.’
I’ve often heard it said that God won’t give you more than you can bear. If you look for that promise in God’s Word, you won’t find it! However, God tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that He won’t tempt us beyond what we can bear, and that when we are tempted there’s always a way out. God tells us that He isn’t the one tempting us! See James 1:13-15.
We Cannot Handle Things On Our Own
I believe that many things happen to us in life that we cannot handle on our own, and they happen for a reason. If we could go through life and handle everything that came into our path, why would we need God? If we were in total control and could live a sinless life, why would we need Jesus? The truth of the matter is that we’re incapable of living perfect lives and we cannot bear the weight of the world that is cast upon us without the love of Jesus. But with Jesus, all things are possible. Philippians 4:13.
Jesus is the ultimate reset button. When we give over our will to God and receive Jesus as our Savior, we are allowing God to ‘reset’ our lives. He gives us a fresh outlook, contentment, guidance and unconditional love. We still won’t be able to live perfect, sinless lives; but with his grace, we will continue to grow in Christ and worldly desires will slip away.
God’s Grace Towards Us
I’m not proud of the life that I lived before I knew Christ. Nevertheless, I’m not ashamed of the work Jesus has done in my life. He has delivered me, healed me, and saved me; He has shown me how to live. It is true what they say, “Know Jesus, Know peace; no Jesus, no peace.” I am not a finished product, this is a lifelong journey. I’m not perfect, I still fall short of the glory. I strive to live a life for Christ, by Christ. God has a plan for my life and is setting things in motion. I’m reminded of the following verse:
My prayer for today is Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1:9-11 .
Thank God that He is willing to reset our lives and not just leave us a glitchy mess! Praise God that He is a loving God who will never leave us or forsake us; even when we are unwilling to reset. I pray that today if you are holding back from letting God ‘reset’ your life, that you break the chains of this world and allow Jesus to work miracles in your life. All it takes is a little faith, willingness to let the miracle happen and trust in Jesus. There is NOTHING that can keep you from being forgiven other than you not allowing Jesus to do it.
Are you willing to ask God to ‘reset’ your life today?