Life With No Backspace


On Black Friday I got myself a small Bluetooth keyboard for my tablet.  When I tried using it I found the backspace key didn’t work.  It was only one key out of many, so I tried to use the keyboard without it.  That didn’t work very well, though.  There was no way to erase a mistake or correct an error.  They just stayed there.  Unless I was perfect in all I typed, the errors remained.  I ended up returning the keyboard.

But it made me think as I was returning it: suppose there was no “Backspace” key in life?  What if there wasn’t a way to delete a mistake and do it correctly next time?  That’s the way life is for those who aren’t Christians.  They live life without a backspace.  They don’t have a God who will remove their errors and sins and help them redo them correctly.  Their life is full of past mistakes, hurts, sins and shame.  Those things just stay there forever.  How sad that is!

Thinking of life this way made me really appreciative for the free forgiveness we have in Jesus.  He is always ready and waiting to forgive and cleanse, to restore and give us another chance.  That is always available to all God’s children.  It’s just as easy and effective as hitting your backspace key (assuming it works!).  (April 9, 2018  Doylestown, PA)

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 103:1-5, 8-12  Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Think of all the times you have used God’s backspace/erase key in your life.  What if it wouldn’t have worked?  Thank Him that it always is effective.  Use it now if there is anything that needs to be confessed and removed.

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