Try Pressing Escape

If you use a computer at all you have to be glad there is an escape key included on a computer keyboard. Computers don’t always do what we wish they would. The escape key is included to undo some of the misinformation we feed into the comput­er’s electronic mind. Most of the time it works, but sometimes it doesn’t.  

The “User’s Manual” that came with Word for Windows gingerly states, “If you don’t like an action that Word is carrying out, try pressing Esc, perhaps even two, three, or more times.” That has been a great help during times of my extreme frus­tration when the computer and I do not see eye to eye. Yes, we can be thankful for the Esc key.

Pressing Esc on the keyboard has a rather humbling effect. To me, it means, “You got yourself into something that is go­ing wrong.” If the computer could really talk (not merely reproduce sound pro­grammed into its electronic innards) it might say, “I can continue beeping just as long as you continue doing the wrong things.” No one ever wins the argument with a beeping computer. Try pressing Esc.

There are situations in life similar to this computerized frustration. God gives us His own Esc key. In times of temptation there is an Esc key. Paul wrote, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13).

That Esc key works but only when activated. We cannot flirt with the Devil and win. There is but one way to avoid him and his fiery darts of temptation. “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, . . .” (1 Pet. 5:9). When you’re tempted try pressing the Esc key. God pro­vided it for the very purpose of escaping the clutches of sin.

Sometimes Esc won’t work. Some computer functions ignore the Esc key. So it is in life. Judgment is inescapable. There is no Esc key for coming judgment. “And thinkest thou this, 0 man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?” (Rom 2:3).

Liars cannot escape the consequences of lying. “A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape” (Prov 19:5). The only Esc key for Christians who sin is true and sincere repentance and prayer (Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:9).

There may be times when we feel as the Psalmist. “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest – I would flee far away and stay in the desert; Selah. I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm” (Psa. 55:6-7). But there is no escape from the responsibilities and consequences of human existence. Unpleasant things will pass but responsibility accompanies and leads us all the way.

There is no escape from God’s revealed will for the world. “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they es­caped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven” (Heb 12:25). God’s word is always the Esc key in any difficulty. So, if you don’t like an action that your life is carrying out, try pressing Esc. It will work every time. - DRS

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