God’s OS

January 18, 2013

John 1: 16, 17–And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

*If you’ve ever owned a Mac, an iPod, or an iPhone, you know that OS stands for operating system, and that the OS is the software that bridges the gap between the user and his device. Now I know this sounds a little geeky, but please bear with me while I make my point: I’ve been using computers for quite some time, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years at the keyboard, it’s that computers operate according to a simple action/reaction principle: you do this, and the box does that. Period. There’s no wriggle room when it comes to ones and zeros. 

 God’s Operating System doesn’t work like that. Thank Heaven. Because if it did, we’d all be in a world of hurt. But we aren’t  thanks to a little sub-file located deep within the program. I call it Grace, and it’s there to insure that Action A doesn’t always produce Result B. The operative principle here is that we don’t always get what we deserve. Because of Jesus. Because of grace.

Have you goofed up? Sinned again, as the Scripture so convictingly describes it? Then repent, confess it to God, and move on. And be grateful for His mercies, which, by the way, are new every morning. Then walk away rebooted and restored. You’re forgiven, so get over it. Go and sin no more. But do remember to thank God that He’s not some huge computer in the sky. He’s a real, living, Person, whose mercies never fail.

*From David’s new 30-day devotional “Encouraging Word,” available along with his other books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, and other fine online retailers.

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