Speak To My Robot

Oh, right, this is exactly what we’ve been waiting for. Reuters News Agency reported on January 26 that a staffing agency in Japan is marketing a new option for companies seeking a receptionist. For about 50,000 yen a month ($430), you can rent a robot that will greet your customers upon their arrival. The robot, Hello Kitty Robo, is capable of greetings and simple conversations. It’s much cheaper, they point out, than the 300,000 yen per month it would cost to employ an actual human. They also have a model that is programmed for elderly care, conducting conversations and posing riddles to help keep older minds active.
Most of us will groan at such news. We’re already weary of not being able to speak to a person when we call a business. “If you want to speak to so-and-so, please press 4.” Please! Give us a break! Let us speak to a real live human being.
Of course, we forget that we commonly employ answering machines in our homes. Many take it a step further and routinely screen calls, waiting to answer until it’s known if it’s a call they want to accept. It seems the human touch is becoming more scarce as time goes by.
All this makes God so much more attractive. Consider a statement in Psalm 119:147: “I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help” (NKJV). Statements like that are common in the Bible. People often called upon God at hours when most others were asleep. Never do we find one of God’s people having to wait until business hours to call upon the Lord. They were never told to go through assistants or leave their request on heaven’s voice mail.
Think also about the visible sign of God’s presence as Israel journeyed through the wilderness. “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people” (Exodus 13:21,22). Anytime the people looked toward the tent of meeting, they would see the cloud and know that God was there. The fact that God “did not take away the pillar” showed that He was always there, watching over and aiding his people.
It’s no different today. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” is still the Father’s promise to his children (Hebrews 13:5). Whenever we feel the need to call upon the Lord, no matter where we happen to be, God can be accessed. We’ll never get a busy signal; no message will inform us that we must wait if we want to speak with God. He’s there for us anytime we realize our need for him.
What a wonderful God we serve!

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