Tuesday, November 4, 2014

An Error Scan

I was running a software program today,  that searched my computer for errors causing my computer to not run as fast or efficient as it should.
My computer looked fine ... no problem on the outside.  It looks the same as the day I bought it, my monitor screen looks great - so by looking I could not see anything wrong.   Yet, the functions of my computer had become less than satisfying.  My screen would occasional freeze, the 'slowness' of my computer was to the point of being annoying.  I knew that there were errors that needed to be 'fixed'.

As the software searched for and found 'hidden' errors, it then revealed  the errors on my screen where I could see them.  There were many more than I would have guessed!

As I watched , I saw a spiritual lesson.

David said in  Psalm 139:23,24 
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; 
Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there be any wicked way in me, 
and lead me in the way everlasting." 

Pro 20:27 says, 
"The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, 
searching all the inward parts of the belly." 

If you read the above verses through the lens of a  computer scanning for errors, you can easily see how the two parallel.

We look good on the outside ... we might think all is well, and we along with others might be totally unaware of what  is 'invisible' deep within our heart.
However, if we invite God to search our inner being, the same way we run an error scan program, God will do it.
As He finds things, He will bring them to our mind's ' monitor screen' where  they are revealed for us to see.

The error scan's purpose was not to just show me what was wrong but also to enable me to fix what was wrong.
In the same way the Holy Spirit does not reveal or convict us of the hidden things of our heart to condemn us but He reveals because He desires  to restore and to heal and to forgive.
After the errors were revealed on my screen, I was shown a button I could click that said 'Fix Now",
God too has given us a way to 'fix' what is wrong in our heart.

Sin repented of is instantly forgiven/deleted, 
guilt can be washed away, 
anxiety/fear can be reprogrammed into love,
 'bugs'  that hinder us from running well can be eliminated, 
 weak links can be made strong, 
a shield can be set up to alert us to a virus (sin/temptation) attack.

"Thank you, Lord, for cleansing my heart, that I might be fit for your use!" 


Anonymous said...

You have a great talent of capturing teaching moments from everyday experiences. We've been having a series at church called life apps and this would fit in well with some of the teaching.

Anneliese said...

Such a great comparison, Julie.
I like that verse from Proverbs. Sounds like a new verse to me, even though I'm sure I've read it.