Iautocorrectn the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26


These days, most of us can relate to the frustration of Autocorrect deciding for us what we want to say when we are using electronic devices. The two worst culprits in my life are my “Smartphone” (which clearly thinks it knows better than I do what word I am trying to type on the itty-bitty keyboard) and my e-reader (which has, really, had a superior attitude about its advanced vocabulary since the day I took the little bugger out of the box). So today I decided to let the chips—or the letters—fall where they may. I typed a whole message on my e-reader without making any attempt to correct it. This was the result:


Dear Tug,


Image my surmise upon recipes such a loser gift from YouTube! Words canyon description my grated. Thin you some much.


You fiend,



Not a satisfactory thank-you note, if you ask me! We can’t possibly allow these “smart” devices to make decisions for us. We must be vigilant before someone gets hurt.


Thank goodness God doesn’t treat us this way! Even though He truly is all-knowing, He’s too much of a Gentleman to—ahem—lord it over us. God gives us our brains so we can figure a lot of things out for ourselves, and that’s called “free will.” But God also provides many ways for us to “do” life better by using the tools He places at our disposal. God’s Word, the Bible, contains many lessons to be learned, from a list of ten excellent laws to live by (Deuteronomy 5:6-21), to clear and concise platitudes about wise living (the Book of Proverbs), to the words of Christ Himself spoken when He walked among us (various portions of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, often highlighted in red). If we spend some time getting into the Word, we will find some favorite passages that stick with us for when we might need them. And if we are having a lapse of memory, our Old Friend the Holy Spirit will be there beside us to pray for us when we cannot.


Lord, thank You for providing the best words for us to choose: the ones in the Bible. Amen

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