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Better Than Alexa

A couple years ago, one of my daughter’s Christmas presents was an Echo Dot, which is a smart speaker that responds to the name “Alexa.”

Four minutes after she opened the gift, I was tired of hearing Alexa’s name: “Alexa, play ‘To the Top,’ by Brooklyn Queen! Alexa, stop the music! Alexa, start the music! Alexa, let’s play a game! Alexa, tell me a joke! Alexa, what time is it? Alexa, what’s the weather?”

One day, as I was preparing for a sermon, reciting this list out, I said, “Alexa, what’s the weather?” 

Alexa answered, “Right now in Henrico, it’s 52 degrees Fahrenheit with showers. Today, you can look for rainy weather, with a high of 66 degrees, and a low of 50 degrees.”

Even though I was getting tired of Alexa, however, I thought, “Man, Alexa can do a lot of things!”

I thought to myself, “Well, shoot, if Alexa’s going to be living in my house, let me get something out this deal!”

So I said, “Alexa, give me a list of the best books on preaching!”

She replied, “Mm, let me think about that!”

I waited and waited and waited for an answer. But nothing.

Therefore, I concluded that even though Alexa can do a lot of things, Alexa can’t do all things.

But the difference between God and Alexa is that God can do all things. For instance, throughout the Bible, we see that God can make the Red Sea a walking trail, a wall crumble just by having folk march around, and the sun stand still.

God can protect and provide in a pandemic. God can heal in hell and high water. God is still in control, even in the midst of a crisis.

God is better than Alexa.