I love Dropbox. It’s a place in “the cloud” where I keep files so I can access them whether I’m working from a phone, a work computer, or my home computer. Except . . . the other day it turned out that I had deleted a file I needed.
Thankfully, Dropbox has a “restore deleted files” feature. The smart tech people knew that you might throw away something you later need. So I clicked on the “restore” button, and what was gone got brought back.
I’m a lot like Dropbox. I know that when Jesus died on a cross and rose from the dead, God deleted my sins and guilt. Yet I often click on the “restore deleted sins” button, bringing guilt and remorse back as I ponder why I was so dumb when I was young (and not so young).
This is why I’m extra grateful that God isn’t like Dropbox at all. When he deletes my wrongs, they’re gone forever. He promises: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). Now, when we try to bring them back, God looks at us questioningly and says, “Sins? Guilt? What are you talking about?”
There is a “restore” button that God is interested in, though. It’s the one King David talked about after he asked for—and received—forgiveness for adultery and murder. He pleaded with God: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).
God happily clicks on that button. Over and over and over.