Predictive Text

December 12, 2015
by Brenda Wood

I learned to text, only to discover that the cell phone fancied itself a prophet. This is called predictive texting. Whenever I punched in a letter, it finished the word for me. Thus, I sent messages full of words like "spzxq". The last thing I need is a gadget that decides what I want to say. Why, I barely know that myself!

My phone doesn't know what it's talking about, but the Old Testament does. Here are only a very few of the many predictive texts, the prophetic promises about Christ's birth, His first coming, fulfilled in the New Testament:

  • Jesus will come from Abraham's line. (Genesis 12:3; Matthew 1:1)
  • His mother will be a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23)
  • He will be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2; Luke 2:1-7)
  • He will be called out of Egypt. (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:13-14)

Now, that is predictive text that declares the truth. However, Advent is a time when we not only anticipate the anniversary of Christ's first coming, but we also look forward to His second coming. Here is some predictive text about that:

    For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NASB)

Prayer: Lord, thanks for Your predictive text, the Word of God, which continues to stand true, no matter what. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for your encouraging words Brenda. Have a wonderful Christmas.


    Very brief and to the point, also reminds us of a wonderful promise which could be fulfilled any day.


    Good one Brenda.
    God speed and blessings to you.


    Great analogy Brenda, only the Word of God is for certain.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!


    That’s one gutsy phone – taking over what you are about to say…
    Good message Brenda. Thank you.


    Dear Brenda,
    I don’t have a cell. I have a hard-wired phone and think a fountain pen is an excellent communications tool. Loved your “Daily”, just loved it.


    Thanks Brenda for sharing your experience with predictive texting and reminding us of the Bible’s “predictive texts”, both those that have been fulfilled and the final prediction yet to occur. Maranatha, even so come, Lord Jesus. Blessings.


    Brenda – I loved this devotional from beginning to end! At best, modern day texting can be misspelled and/or misunderstood. You have given us a great short study of how we can expect our scriptural predictions to be totally accurate. We have a lot to look forward to. Thank you and praise God!


    I think you can have that feature turned off on your phone if you want.
    You may have to take back to the place you got it to have them do it unless you have a grandchild that can do it for you probably somewhere under settings. Good luck and thank you for the devotional. Merry Christmas!


    I got a laugh out of the intro to today’s Bible study. A few years ago I got a tablet computer for Christmas. This little computer thought it knew my name before it met me. Every time I signed an E mail, it would complete my last name .. wrong! It got over this after I corrected ot several times, but even as I key this e mail I notice that it underlines my name in red. At times these electronic devices are a challenge to get used to. Could it be age?


    Thanks, Brenda, for a turn of phrase that confronts our predictive notions about our present and our future. It’s all about God’s timing, isn’t it?


    Thank you Brenda, for your message of fulfilled prophecies, and for the great one that we Christians should be keeping in mind much oftener than we do.
    I appreciate your reminder.
    I pray that you will have a blessed Christmas season.


    Hi Brenda, what you said in your message is so true. It hit home with me right away! I have just finished reading two books which helped me understand the Bible so much better and feel like a “light bulb” has been turned on for me. I really “get” it now! Thank you for listing those passages.
    Thanks for your devotional. I truly connected with it today and yes, I find the “pre-texting” stuff on my cell phone frustrating too!


    Hi Brenda! This is a lovely devotional dear friend. You are very brave to tackle texting on a cell phone – I won’t even try.
    May I wish you and yours a very blessed Christmastime.

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