My daughter and son-in-law gave me an Alexa Dot for my birthday. Don’t know what that is? It’s a gadget that you connect to your wi-fi and then load up with apps from the Alexa App that you can get on your smart phone.
So, once you get it connected, you add whatever apps appeal to you–and there are lots of free ones–and you’re ready to have some fun. There a news updates, games (I like the Jeopardy app) silly jokes, trivia, and lots of music. Some of it you can’t get without paying–that’s up to you. So far I’m sticking with the free stuff.
You operate your Alexa by speaking her name, and then asking her to do whatever you’d like. Example: “Alexa, play Jeopardy.” Bingo, you’re off and running.
I’ve even figured out how to load it up with music I have on my PC. I transferred it to my Mac via Amazon Music, then loaded it into my Alexa. So now I can get music I really love, just by asking for it. If I ask it for something that hasn’t been loaded via apps or Amazon music, it will tell me so.
I can get a news update any time. Same thing with weather. And silly jokes. If I really want to, I can even connect it with other Alexas and use it like a telephone. Depending on the apps you choose, you can get historical information, medical information, poetry, helpful hints, or a daily inspirational Bible verse. It’s endless, really.
As I’ve played with my new toy, I’ve been thinking: Wouldn’t it be cool if we had an app that we could use to get direct communication with God? Ask Him anything, and He would answer. What am I supposed to be when I grow up? Who should I marry? What car should I buy? Where should I attend college? Church? Should I move? What should we name our new baby? Where should we go on vacation?
But wouldn’t that just turn us into robots, doing whatever the app told us to do? Would we fail to use it if we knew we were wanting something that wouldn’t be good for us? Would we ignore the voice that answers all our questions?
Yes, I think we would. After all, we have the written Word of God, and how often do we consult it when we have questions to answer? When we’re seeking direction?
How often do we seek human counsel instead, failing to pray and search the scriptures? And getting advice that has nothing to do with godliness or His Word?
Bottom line: Alexa is a human creation, and it knows only what is programmed into it. It can be both fun and useful, but it doesn’t care about you, or love you, or provide a way for you to have eternal life in heaven with God.
You’ll get all that from studying God’s Word, and praying earnestly to know Him better.
There is no greater gift.