My personal computer was down recently. The screen was reading error in C-Drive and the cursor was just blinking. The Window ’95 operating system that boots itself when you turn on the computer refused to come up. The C-prompt was not responding either. However, I tried many computer commands whether I can go through the disk operating system to the program I wanted to work on. I typed in “CD WIN” and I also tried “DIR”, the computer wouldn’t budge. All these computer commands may seem irrelevant to you, no doubt, but at least it will reveal my efforts to get the intelligent machine working again. Unfortunately, all was a futile attempt. But little did I know that God was teaching me an important lesson of life.
My son returned from school the following day with an emergency boot disk. He inserted the disk in the A-Drive. Suddenly, A-Prompt came up and the cursor was blinking again. He typed EDIT C:\CONFIG.SYS. The computer responded by listing out a set of files that had been corrupted and recommended that it should be removed and replaced with new files. In order words, the computer is saying, ‘before I can operate effectively, get rid of the dangerous ‘aliens’ in the system first.’ But that was all the disk could do, it could not replace the corrupted files. The good intention of Microsoft Incorporation is that the computer software will operate free of troubles but the evil-incarnated hackers created virus programs that become a thorn among the vine. This is typical of the way Satan operates. Satan employed the instrument of sin to corrupt the sweet relationship of man with God and turn man into spiritual nuisance in the presence of God.
About 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, came to “boot” the system of our spiritual life which had become stained, corrupted and severe from the flow of wisdom of Almighty God since the exit of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. He diagnosed and revealed the damages that sins had done to our life. He revealed to us the extent of the love of God for us and how sin had been denying us His divine blessings. He taught us a valuable lesson, “Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch. . .” (John 15:4-6) As virus is to a computer software so is sin to our spiritual relationship with God. The presence of virus in the computer will shut-down the functions of the programs and the flow of the computer operations will be disrupted. In the same manner, the presence of sin in our member will become a clog in the wheel of our spiritual flow and blessing because we cannot be wallowing in sin and expect the grace of God to be abounded.
Prophet Isaiah, the servant of God, was so blunt concerning this, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear but your iniquities (sins) have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2) Can you recollect the ugly and devastating experience of Israelites when Achan brought an accursed thing into the camp of Israelites? The sin of Achan which was against the commandment of God brought evil upon the Israelites. Consequently, the shield of protection of God was removed from them, and a small city of Ai defeated the Israelites in battle. Joshua inquired of God, why? God pointed out their sins. “There is accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel, thou canst not stand before thine enemies until ye take away the accursed thing from among you” (Joshua 7:13)The proposed sacrifice of King Saul after the defeat of the Amalekites was rejected because it was tainted with the sin of disobedience. I Sam. 15:10-23
Perhaps Adam and Eve thought it was a joke when God said the day you eat of the fruit the tree of knowledge of good and evil, you will die. They violated the law of God and the consequence was so heavy and grieve – that day, they died spiritually. They were shown the way out of the Garden of Eden where they were living on what God planted and provided for them. Outside the will of God there is always pain and suffering. They were toiling and tilling the earth for their daily bread. They were like a walking dead. The same goes for the individual that is living in sin and yielding to the evil and corrupted devices of Satan. So also for those who cannot deny the flesh and yield to the blessed will of God.
The emergency boot disk of computer cannot replace the corrupted computer files but the Son of Man did not only boot our spiritual lives, he did not only diagnose our sinfulness, but also provided himself as a complete solution and total deliverance from the power of sin when He died for us on the Cross of Calvary. His precious blood removed the deadly virus of sins from our lives and His amazing grace replaced what the cankerworm of sins had eaten up in our lives. The wise men that first tasted salvation at Pentecost asked an important question, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Peter answered, “Repent . . .” (Acts 2:38) The Bible says “Let the wicked forsake his way: and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord: and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:7) The door of His blessing may be closed while we are in sins, but the window of His mercy will open when we ask God for forgiveness. A genuine repentance will connect us back to God and His grace will present us to God as a spotless bride as if we have not sinned before. This simple but great obedience to God’s commandment will restore us to our former position before sin entered our lives. We will now have direct access to the Throne of Grace because we have been found justified. The open hands of mercy of God are waiting for you to return. Think!