Is My Smartphone too Smart?

I’m thinking my smartphone is too smart.  Yours?  For example, when I am away from home, completely unsolicited it tells me how many minutes it would take to get back home.  But what if I don’t want to know that, or what if I’m not going home? 

Search me, O God.jpgBut the one that really bugs me is when I get into my car at home and my smartphone tells me how long it will take me to get to First Baptist Church, Covington.  That means my phone knows where my car goes most of the time.  I’m not sure I like that—not that I’m going anywhere I don’t want my phone to know, but still…..

Siri makes me mad when she doesn’t listen and gives me cockeyed answers or information or tries to call the wrong person.  I also don’t like it when she says, “MARTHA BAILEY, I DIDN’T GET THAT!” like she is reprimanding me when I didn’t say a word to her.  Not a word!

And don’t even get me started on autocorrect and the goofy (possibly obscene) text messages it can send or its capability to record conversations or even watch what we are doing.  Spooky!   

Unfortunately, most of us have become addicted to our phones.  We nearly have a panic attack when we leave them at home unintentionally.  However, there are many features I like about my phone.  I like it that it can serve as a computer, that I can talk to it, ask questions, and gain immediate information with a simple touch. I also like the texting capability.  I have found it to be a great ministry tool.

And the camera—how useful is that?  It even makes it safe to send Waylon to go to the grocery store with a picture or better yet to talk him through where the items are with FaceTime.   FaceTime also warms a grandmother’s heart when the grands are far away.

The navigation feature is also very helpful, especially when you don’t have a clue where you are going.  Through the years we have rescued many lost guests who were trying to come to our house.  Now, they just plug our address into their phone and drive right up to our front door.

I take great comfort in knowing that God knows where I am at all times, but I’m not sure if I like that my smartphone does.  God can help me no matter where I am or what predicament I’m in, but my phone can only tell me where I am or call someone of my choosing to help.

Be blessed today by being reminded that our Creator God Who formed us in our mother’s womb, knows all about us, knows our precise location, knows every word before we say it, and loves us anyway. 

Psalm 139 is so comforting because it assures us that we are never off God’s radar.  He is the ultimate GPS.

O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it,
Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!

I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
12     but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Psalm 139:1-18, 23-24


6 thoughts on “Is My Smartphone too Smart?

  1. Great blog. I’m so glad God knows everything about us, even the hairs on our head. He is an awesome God! I just don’t know how He does it. But I am thankful He does. My craziest question is when I get a call and under the number it says, “This could be so and so” How does it know that? Wild.

  2. I thank you for this post. I just had the experience of trying to write an e-mail on my Kindle Fire. That device thinks it is ‘smart,’ too. Looking back over the message, I find that I have written some nonsense words. So frustrating!
    I thank you especially for printing verse 4 of the Psalm. I needed to hear that today. A reminder that our thoughts count, just as words.

    1. Thanks, Marlaine. It’s a big job to keep up with the numbers of hairs on my head. I shed like a puppy😊
      The one I forgot to mention is getting a notification telling me the items I routinely buy at WD which are on sale.

  3. By the time the filters & safeguards on my phone are unlocked I can forget what I was going to do!
    Siri doesn’t get my Louisiana Lingo so we spend time in discussion!
    BUT my phone’s “smarts” come in very handy when I’m operating without my glasses 🤓

    Many times I operate without “something” … so thankful to be “hemmed in”! (Psalm 139:5)

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