It was the third time I went through the protocol. I researched numerous websites, meticulously following their instructions, all to no avail. I was stymied by my inability to get a recent software application to properly work on my computer. Finally, I rebooted the computer and to my delight, the application worked. As I savored the moment, I recalled a statement that my IT colleague once told me, “Rebooting the computer solves 90% of the problems.” Indeed! If only all of life’s problems could be solved by a simple reboot and restart! If we are given an opportunity to restart in life, many of us would welcome it. At New Years, it is common to make resolutions, resolving to make a fresh start for the new year. Yet, in spite of our ambitious and earnest beginnings, reality soon sinks in, and we discover a simple new year reboot has quickly failed. The problems we faced before are still there. We continue to agonize over events for which we have no control. What can we do? Can we keep on rebooting? Once again, God gives us a better way.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)
When life’s problems overwhelm us, we don’t need an occasional reboot. We need a continual refreshing through Jesus Christ. Only through faith and belief in His Name will we be able to wipe away the old things that have prevented us from living a fulfilled life and begin to live the life that God created us to have. We are new creatures, rebooted in Jesus Christ.
Rebooting a computer may solve many problems but in life, only by rebooting our lives in Jesus Christ will renew us in every moment of the day. It is a spiritual reboot by the living water and bread of life, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.