I’m not very computer savvy but I’ve heard people who had computer problems use the term “reset” which supposedly would take the computer back to a certain date (pre-problems). I don’t know how or even if that works although it sounds like a simple solution. I do know the solution works with other things. Many machines, appliances, etc. have a reset button and it can be a quick remedy to a bad situation. As a matter of fact, just recently I was staying in our travel trailer and the hot water heater was not working. I immediately checked the fuse and it was fine so I ventured outside and opened the access door to the heater. I noticed a button that said “reset” and guess what? You guessed it! I hit the button, waited for 10-15 minutes, and I had hot water.
Have you ever been frustrated about life and the mistakes you’ve made? Maybe it’s just me, but there have been times when I wished I could turn back time. There have been those days when if only I could eradicate from my mind, and the memory of others, stupid things I’ve done or said. That would give me a clean slate; a fresh start.
What about you? Have you ever needed to start over; to hit the reset button? It sounds like only a dream that could never become reality, I know, and you’re right. You’re right in part. While you may not be able to erase from the memory of others or even your own, I know one who can forgive and forget. That’s right! He can even forget!
Jeremiah has something to say concerning this:
Jeremiah 31:34 – “I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Let’s at another Old Testament prophet to see where our sins are today. Here is what Micah has to say: “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).
Did you say “The Depths of the sea?” That’s a long way Micah! There are depths of the sea that have not been plummeted. I’ve read that the average depth of the ocean is about 4,267 meters (14,000 feet). I’m so thankful that my sins are buried too deep for even the creator of the sea to discover!
The Psalmist David knew something about grace and mercy. He knew how to hit the reset button if you will. This is what he had to say about it: “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalms 103:12).
There’s another verse from Psalms that I love which goes right along with the subject at hand. It’s found in Psalms 130:3-4 “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.”
Isn’t that an awesome phrase? “There is forgiveness with thee.” I love it! Reset!
What about this verse? “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again” (Prov. 24:16). Just get up again; reset!
The book of Lamentations let’s us know that we can have a fresh start today: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-13).
The New Testament writers have plenty to say as well concerning this subject. Take a look at 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
That’s how you hit reset. Simple right? Just confess and repent. Turn away from sin unto God.
There’s a verse in the Bible that describes very clearly to me what repentance is. It is found in the book of Proverbs: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Prov. 28:13). Simple. Confess and forsake and experience a reset.
He can also help others to forgive and allow you to forgive yourself. A dream? Possibly, but a dream that can come true. It can come true today!
You don’t have to wait until Sunday to hit the reset button, but either way we hope to see you in church on Sunday. We are a group of folks that believe in second chances (and third, fourth, ….). We use the reset button.
Come and be with us. Sunday service starts at 2:00, but you can come at 1:30 for pre-service prayer. It’s a good time to hit reset before service even starts.