The Incredible Computer
(Investigator 117, 2007
I discovered an
incredible message on our computer. The keys and icons seemed to have
something special to say. This is what I noticed:
Identify what you need and then press enter – and presto! – it's there.
This is the key that calls it into being. It speaks to me of
think about the
mystery of the universe – how it got there? Where did all the wonders
of our spectacular planet emanate from? We hear about the 'Big
Bang' – now the 'Big Bounce' and other things.
believe the universe was
brought into being by the omnipotent fiat of Almighty God. It's like
God pressed 'Enter' and there it was – the universe in all its
was a big bang –
but, a God directed bang. How otherwise could we account for the
precision of planets, the make up of metals, and the complexities of
Bible speaks of
omnipotence, e.g. Heb 11:3: 'By faith we understand that the universe
was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of
what was visible.'
– a very
Simply highlight what is undesirable and press 'delete' and, in a
blink, it's gone.
is swift and simple
on the computer. The Bible, too, speaks of erasure that is even more
spectacular. We goof up a lot and tarnish our character. Personal foul
ups take the joy out of living. Its one thing to delete the unwanted
from a computer document but how do we erase bad things from our lives?
an incredible verse
in the book of Psalms. It says: '…as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.' Ps 103:12
is East from West?
It's a mighty long way!!
through Jesus that God
provides erasure for our wrongs. Jesus did no wrong. A bad thought
never entered his mind. His nature and character were perfect.
struggle with guilt
and failure ask the Lord to forgive you and provide a new page for your
typed for hours and
in a split second lost everything. I hadn't pressed 'Save.' Now I
activate it every few seconds.
is the great theme
of the Bible. Jesus said that his mission to men was to 'seek and save
that which was lost.'
Bible says, 'That if
you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart
that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.' Rom 10:9
we be 'saved'?
Simply by repenting of our sin and believing in our heart that Jesus is
Lord and that God raised him from the dead.
computer screen I
move the curser to a tiny icon and click on it. It activates 'save.'
Similarly we direct the curser of faith to the cross of Jesus where he
died to be our saviour and in an instant God saves us to his hard
salvation is instant and permanent.
matter what kind of a
person we have been, or are right now, God wants to save us. You can
activate 'SAVE' in your life by accepting Jesus and be saved for all
word appears a lot on
my screen. It's a word that appears in the Bible a lot. Christians are
urged to do good works – selflessly giving to and helping others and
serving God. The Bible however, warns about the mindset that thinks
that merely by doing good we can earn favour with God. We can't as
Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds us.
works should follow on
from being saved – not being seen as a pre-requisite for salvation.
vital key! Sometimes
you get locked in and you can't get out. That's the reason for the
a verse in the
Bible that says, 'How shall we escape?' We get locked into life
situations from which we'd do anything to escape from.
working in the desert
in Jordan a number of folk asked me to see what they could do to escape
to Australia. We've seen what desperation the 'boat people' will endure
to escape to our great south land.
want to escape from
bad relationships, others from debilitating drug habits, some from a
life of crime and jail, many from oppressions, etc.
Bible says, '…how shall
we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?' Heb 2:3.
one of those amazing
little creatures called a ferret. He chases rabbits out of their holes.
You hear rumbles underground and watch expectantly at the nets.
smart. Sometimes they run out a concealed hole covered by leaves.
Pursued by the predator they look for the tiny shafts of light that
alert them to the place of escape and out they dash to freedom.
darkest corridors we
must look for that light shaft and escape to God's freedom in Jesus.
This is true escape. Jesus said, 'I am the light of the world, those
who follow me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of