Save, Back-Up, Restore


Random Ramblings from the Resident Raptor

Insight from the Journey across the Sky

By Allen Scott



6 Take to heart these words that I give you today. 7 Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. 8 {Write them down, and} tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deut 6:6-9 (GW)

Save, Back-up and restore are three terms familiar to every computer IT tech, especially those who working in a ‘Microsoft Windows ™’ environment. With all the malicious malware circulating over the internet and hackers sending out viruses and denial of service attacks, it is not a matter of if, but when a computer will crash. Firewalls and virus protection can only do so much, therefore it is important that when your computer is running smoothly, you take the time to back it up.

If you get in the habit of doing regular back-ups, then restoring a computer system after a crash is pretty simple. However if you fail to back-up your hard drives and save it in a secondary location, then the restoration process will take a lot longer, in fact the lost data may never be restored. Failure to have a back-up is failure to plan ahead for a crash.

I had a run-in with the dreaded drive crash over the weekend. I had been noticing a slowing down of the computer while performing normal computing tasks. I knew that a reboot was in order and so I saved all important data and backed-up the most used documents and proceeded with the reboot. Initially all seemed to go well until the computer shut down and started the reboot process again, and then again, and again. I knew from experience this was not going to be good.

After these endless restarts I was able to get the computer to start in SAFE mode and proceeded to remove the offending program. The offending program was supposed to protect my computer from malicious viruses and malware and yet it was the program that was causing my computer to not operate properly. During one of the program’s normal overnight updates the downloaded patch caused instability in my computer. Therefore it had to be removed, and the computer restored to an earlier date, to eliminate the problem caused by the program. Thank God there was a restoration point.

I have had non-repairable computer crashes in the past, in those cases I had no back-up, there was no restoration point. In fact the only thing I could do was forget the past and start over anew. Loosing all my previous work was difficult to handle but at least I was able to start over. Since then I have learned to save important documents to several locations as well as backing up important data and directories. Especially my daily journal. I have over two years worth of writings and thoughts recorded in this daily journal that I would really hate to loose. Thoughts of what God has been teaching me along this ‘Journey Across the Sky’. It contains thoughts and feelings I have about certain events occurring in the world and reminders of the goodness of God through difficult situations.

Not having a recorded history of where you have been, and where you are going makes remembering difficult, if not impossible. Not having a back-up from which you can draw from in case of a memory loss is frightening. Those who suffer from the physical affliction of Alzheimer’s know first hand the horrors associated with memory loss.

It would be nice if we could simply do a restore for memory loss, but alas that is not possible, even with the advances in modern medicine. Computer hard drives can be restored to almost like new condition, and lost data found again through the back-up, restore process. You save it, and back it up so that it can be restored if needed in the future. For humans it is not quite so simple.

God warned Israel to write the word of God upon tablets and door posts, and to teach them to their children so that when God finally gave them the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, they would not forget who it was that delivered them from Egyptian bondage. God warned them to remember where they came from, and to not forget who got them to where they are now. He warned them to not forget His words, but to make sure they backed up this information by writing it down and repeating it often, and by teaching it to their children.

Can you imagine the Bible being lost? Can you imagine our lives without the word of God to fall back on? Can you imagine not being able to re-read those stories of deliverance found in the pages of scripture? What would we do if God had not preserved His word down through the ages? What would your life be like if you had never heard the Gospel of Christ?

 

We live in a hostile world. A war is being waged everyday against the Gospel of Christ. Our society is being bombarded with the fiery darts of the enemies of the cross of Christ, who wish to persuade many to disbelieve God’s word. There is a concerted effort, birthed in the pits of hell itself, to wipe out any mention or remembrance of God in the world. Those who call upon the name of the Lord are the targets of these malicious attacks.

Just like a computer virus attacks and destroys valuable data saved in computer memory, so too does the attacks of the devil attempt to wipe out any memory of God we hold in our hearts and minds. If Satan can get us to FORGET whose we are, and from whence we have come, and to where we are going, then he is able to uproot us from the foundations of our faith.

What would you do if you could not RESTORE the word of God if it were lost? What if your world starts to spin out of control and came to a CRASHING halt? What would you do if you were denied access to the RESTORING properties found in the WORD OF GOD? Have you heeded the warning of God from Deuteronomy, to BACK-UP God’s word in case of a major system failure?

We, who have been delivered from the bondage of sin, have been entrusted with the word of God written upon our hearts. If we have taken the time to study it and apply it to our own lives, then it is backed up and therefore able to restore us in times of trouble. Have you downloaded the Bible into your heart? Are you writing it down and repeating it to yourself over and over again to remind yourself of the goodness of God? Has the main files been stored in the hard drive of your heart? Or have you lost communication with the operating system? Has the malware of this world erased the memory of what the Lord has done for you? Have you been overtaken by a malicious attack and lost your faith? Are you in need of a REBOOT? If so you are not alone. Yours would not be the first time someone had suffered a malicious attack. Look at the life of Job.


JOB SCENE 1:

1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. He was without sin and upright, fearing God and keeping himself far from evil. 2 And he had seven sons and three daughters. 3 And of cattle he had seven thousand sheep and goats, and three thousand camels, and a thousand oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great number of servants. And the man was greater than any of the sons of the east. 4 His sons regularly went to one another’s houses, and every one on his day gave a feast: and at these times they sent for their three sisters to take part in their feasts with them. 5 And at the end of their days of feasting, Job sent and made them clean, getting up early in the morning and offering burned offerings for them all. For, Job said, It may be that my sons have done wrong and said evil of God in their hearts. And Job did this whenever the feasts came round. 6 And there was a day when the sons of the gods came together before the Lord, and the Satan came with them. 7 And the Lord said to the Satan, Where do you come from? And the Satan said in answer, From wandering this way and that on the earth, and walking about on it. 8 And the Lord said to the Satan, Have you taken note of my servant Job, for there is no one like him on the earth, a man without sin and upright, fearing God and keeping himself far from evil? 9 And the Satan said in answer to the Lord, Is it for nothing that Job is a god-fearing man? 10 Have you yourself not put a wall round him and his house and all he has on every side, blessing the work of his hands, and increasing his cattle in the land? 11 But now, put out your hand against all he has, and he will be cursing you to your face. 12 And the Lord said to the Satan, See, I give all he has into your hands, only do not put a finger on the man himself. And the Satan went out from before the Lord. 13 And there was a day when his sons and daughters were feasting in the house of their oldest brother, 14 And a man came to Job, and said, The oxen were ploughing, and the asses were taking their food by their side: 15 And the men of Sheba came against them and took them away, putting the young men to the sword, and I was the only one who got away safe to give you the news. 16 And this one was still talking when another came, and said, The fire of God came down from heaven, burning up the sheep and the goats and the young men completely, and I was the only one who got away safe to give you the news. 17 And this one was still talking when another came, and said, The Chaldaeans made themselves into three bands, and came down on the camels and took them away, putting the young men to the sword, and I was the only one who got away safe to give you the news. 18 And this one was still talking when another came, and said, Your sons and your daughters were feasting together in their oldest brother’s house, 19 When a great wind came rushing from the waste land against the four sides of the house, and it came down on the young men, and they are dead; and I was the only one who got away safe to give you the news. 20 Then Job got up, and after parting his clothing and cutting off his hair, he went down on his face to the earth, and gave worship, and said, 21 With nothing I came out of my mother’s body, and with nothing I will go back there; the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; let the Lord’s name be praised. 22 In all this Job did no sin, and did not say that God’s acts were foolish. Job 1:1-22 (BBE)

JOB SCENE TWO:

1 And there was a day when the sons of the gods came together before the Lord, and the Satan came with them. 2 And the Lord said to the Satan, Where do you come from? And the Satan said in answer, From wandering this way and that on the earth, and walking about on it. 3 And the Lord said to the Satan, Have you taken note of my servant Job, for there is no one like him on the earth, a man without sin and upright, fearing God and keeping himself far from evil? and he still keeps his righteousness, though you have been moving me to send destruction on him without cause. 4 And the Satan said in answer to the Lord, Skin for skin, all a man has he will give for his life. 5 But now, if you only put your hand on his bone and his flesh, he will certainly be cursing you to your face. 6 And the Lord said to the Satan, See, he is in your hands, only do not take his life. 7 And the Satan went out from before the Lord, and sent on Job an evil disease covering his skin from his feet to the top of his head. 8 And he took a broken bit of a pot, and, seated in the dust, was rubbing himself with the sharp edge of it.9 And his wife said to him, Are you still keeping your righteousness? Say a curse against God, and put an end to yourself. 10 And he said to her, You are talking like one of the foolish women. If we take the good God sends us, are we not to take the evil when it comes? In all this Job kept his lips from sin. Job 2:1-10 (BBE)

JOB FINAL SCENE:

12 And the Lord’s blessing was greater on the end of Job’s life than on its start: and so he came to have fourteen thousand sheep and goats, and six thousand camels, and two thousand oxen, and a thousand she-asses. 13 And he had seven sons and three daughters. Job 42:12-13 (BBE)
Job found himself the victim of a malicious attack. He had lost everything he had worked for, his family, his home, his health, and it would appear his friends as well. Despite all these loses, Job retained God in his heart and refused to reject God. Even his wife encouraged him to curse God and die. Job refused. He had a backup in case of a malicious attack. He had prepared his heart by remaining in prayer and stayed steadfast in his faith toward God. As a result, God was able to restore back to Job all that he had lost and then added even more, so that in the end Job was even better off than before.

Your life may resemble Job’s at some point. Most of what Job had to deal with, affects many of us in our life as well. Isn’t it great to know that if we remain faithful to God, He is always willing to restore us. We need to thank God for back-ups. We need to thank God for the restorative powers of His holy word, and to thank God that He is able to save us from the worst attacks we face in life. Thank God he not only saves, but He picks us back up and restores us to right standing again. All systems go, if God is in charge of your operating system. Saved, backed up and restored!

Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence. 18 God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. 19 In other words, God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didn’t hold people’s faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships to tell others. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19


But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)



Along for the journey


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