Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of our need. (NIV)
On most computer systems, several computing tasks that are done by the mouse can also be accomplished using the keyboard. In any particular software, the effectiveness of the keyboard in carrying out tasks that could also be done using the mouse is highly dependant on how well the software was programmed. Such keys that can take on the mouse's roles are called shortcut keys, and in Internet programming, F5 is a shortcut key to refresh a web page.
A web page would be refreshed if users were not contented with the way it was uploaded. It is an alternative way of refining and purifying the web page display results.
In a similar way, the Spirit of God may periodically prompt us to refresh, refine, and purify our lives, as we so often drift away from our first love of God. As Christians, we are always at the very centre of an on-going contention between God and Satan. "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8 NIV) Temptations always assail us, and tragedy constantly knocks. Many times, we are tempted to compromise purity for pleasure, to seek worldly satisfaction instead of commitment to duty, or to question the validity of God's holy precepts for the gain of the flesh. How often, as Christians, we should remember to refresh our minds to that godly commitment that we possessed when we had just been introduced to God's love! How often do we study God's Word? How often do we pause to say a prayer? Satan is out on a serious mission and his targets are none other than those who profess to know God. His mission is to get them blurred over the new hope they were called to. This he accomplishes by calling them to cherish pleasure more than sacrifice, and to pile onto their tables bigger and bigger workloads that invite them to substitute worldly commitments for devotional prayer. How successful is he in our lives?
God calls us to renew our commitment to Him, to refresh the original pages that were once uploaded when we were first met with His love. May we heed His call, else our steps will slowly but surely slip from the divine fold!
Prayer: Father above, grant Your abiding Spirit forever, to admonish our straying. Help us to renew our commitment to Your love, and enable us to be mindful of what Your will requires of us. In Jesus' holy name we pray. Amen.