PUSHING THE RESET BUTTON
How many times have you blown it and wished that you could turn back the clock? Or perhaps something terrible has happened to you or a family member and you fervently longed that it was still yesterday. Unfortunately for us, there is no such thing as “pushing the reset button”. Whatever we have said or done, or whatever has happened, we must go on and make the best we can of our situation.
However, I have really good news for you today. God can do what we cannot. He has promised to push the reset button at some time in the future when all His plans have come together.
What is even more amazing is that He actually built restoration into His plan long before things went wrong on the earth. As a matter of fact, the whole Bible is about restoring creation after the devil had successfully derailed God’s pristine universe.
Someone once said, “God don’t make no junk!” It’s true. The first two chapters of Genesis tell the story of a perfect creation – everything in place working perfectly. God’s verdict on His handiwork was “very good”. The Hebrew word for good actually means “functional”. His entire universe worked together like a well-oiled machine. Of course, it did because it was the magnificent product of a God who is one – three Persons in perfect unity and absolute harmony.
It was not always like that. Genesis 1 is not about the beginning of creation but rather the beginning of order. From the text it seems that the earth was already there when God began to work on it. Why was it shapeless, empty and dark? The original Hebrew language hints at a sinister history – someone inhabited the earth before God took it in hand – the devil and his minions.
Why were they there? We learn the truth in the last book of the Bible.
Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels with him. (Rev 12:7-9)
Ah, so that’s where the chaos on earth began. Satan cannot be in a place long before he puts his fingerprints all over everything. God banished him and his support group to the very planet He intended to be the home of man. Why would He do that? Why not send them to Mars or one of the other uninhabitable planets where they could do no harm? Strange as it may seem, God included the devil and his minions in His recovery plan.
Satan rebelled and refused to live under God’s authority. He took a third of the angelic beings with him when he was banished from heaven. God’s recovery plan involved two major issues – win the love and allegiance of human beings without coercion or force in a hostile environment and give the devil and his followers the reason for God to judge and destroy them forever.
What we read in Genesis 1 and 2 is the idyllic scene in which this battle would take place. Everything was perfect including the relationship between the Father and His son and daughter. The first pair were to be the ancestors of God’s entire human family – living in a perfect environment with everything working like clockwork and fulfilling God’s mandate for them to manage the earth for and with Him. That was the blueprint for His dream – a forever family living in the circle of the Trinity in perfect unity and love on a perfect earth in a perfect universe…
Until it all went wrong, but…
God was not taken by surprise…
Even the very rebellion of His children fitted into His plan. What was His plan? Restoration! Pushing the rest button. You see, human beings would never really be His beloved sons and daughters, and irrevocably committed to loving, trusting and submitting to Him until their love was thoroughly tested against all odds.
This is where the devil comes in. Who better to put God’s children to the test than God’s sworn arch enemy? If everything Satan throws at them cannot veer them off course, God can gladly include them in His family and grant them equal status with Jesus as His sons and daughters. The devil did it to Jesus and failed hopelessly to break the bond between Father and Son, not even when he had Him murdered for crimes He has not committed. God allows him to do it to us as well to test the validity of our faith and the sincerity of our love for Him.
And finally, when God has gathered together a family of sons and daughters whose love and loyalty to Him are unquestionable, He will push the reset button. O yes! He said He would.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning, or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Rev 21:1-5)
So take heart! Whatever you wish you hadn’t said or done or whatever has happened that you wish you could change, will all fit together into God’s perfect plan. In the end, when God pushes His reset button, you’ll be amazed at what emerges. God will blend the good and the bad into one big whole and when He pushes the reset button, His perfect plan will be revealed!
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