FIRE IN THE HOLE
Do you know what a EULA agreement is? Have you ever read one?
I have no idea what the E.U.L.A. stands for, but I’m sure I could come up with something appropriate. A EULA is that long multiple page legal agreement in tiny print that you see whenever you install a new software. Remember checking YES and clicking on to the next page?
I never read those things. I can’t. And I have really tried hard. I always used to blow past them in my rush to get whatever installation I was doing finished. I mean, how bad could it be? What are they going to do? Take my kids? Throw me in jail? I don’t have any money, so they can’t get that.
And then I began to wonder, just what exactly am I agreeing to? So I tried reading one. (Yeah, you know what that was like.) You can’t do it – you physically can’t do it. Round about the 3rd or 4th paragraph, your mind begins to weary. You have no idea what you’ve just read, and you have 90% more to go. You struggle on in a half-hearted attempt to force your way through, but you already know it’s hopeless.
It makes me wonder – are lawyers really that smart? Or are they leaning to some other dark and diabolical extreme? (Hey, I don’t blame the lawyers. They’re just circling around like any good predator that smells food. If you don’t like them circling around, stop feeding them.)
So what is the point of these EULA’s? I not sure anybody knows, but it seems that it is nothing more than, “Don’t blame us if anything goes wrong.” If you install their software and it fries your computer, tough — don’t blame them.
What if God was like that?
What if God just tossed us out on the Earth and said, “If you want to breathe, then check the Yes box … and don’t blame Me if your life turns out rotten!” In others words, “Good luck. Hope you make it. Don’t call Me if you don’t.”
But, thank God, He hasn’t done that.
Oh sure, God has a EULA, but it is completely opposite from what we would come up with. True, there are some conditions and it is not a free ticket to ride. God is a God of judgment as much as He is a God of mercy. You can’t just check the Yes box and keep blowing on by with life. You’d better read the EULA to find out what you’re agreeing to. But if you check the No box, you already know what the alternative is.
But when the hard drive of your life has crashed, when the software that runs your life is corrupted, when there’s not enough memory or computing power to go on, then God’s EULA says, “Blame Me. Let Me take your sins, your problems, your hard drive failures, and all your corrupted files, and I will make you whole again.”
What an incredible deal! God is willing to take our miserable rotten sins, our misery and pain, all our failures and defeats, and trade them for the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. There is no greater deal than that.
Some of us will check the Yes box without ever realizing what the EULA says. Others will refuse the offer, thinking they don’t need it, and they will check the No box.
And then there are those who come with broken hearts, corrupted and failed lives, who have given up on the hope of every being restored in life. It is to those souls who are ready to commit themselves to the mercy of God that His EULA is written to. In that checking of the Yes box, they give it all to Jesus, and agree to the terms of His contract.
The contract and terms of Gods agreement are in the Word of God. It is legal and binding, and whether we agree to it or not, Jesus did. He signed it on the bottom line in His own blood when He gave His life for us on the Cross.
There is no greater deal written in Eternity.
Brother Dale Garris