Lindsay Roberts

Welcome to Devos & Dishes! Every week, I’ll be sharing a devotional word of encouragement from my heart to yours. And I’ll also be sharing simple, yummy recipes to add to your weekly menu and grocery list. My prayer is that Devos & Dishes will be a fun way to help make your days count for the Lord!

Good Lord, Good Word, Good Food!

AEIOU and Sometimes Y

When I was in school, I learned my own form of shorthand. Close up of a surprised woman using a smart phone at homeIt was the easiest system I could think of to take quick notes that could help me with my studies. I simply removed the vowels from words, knowing how easy it was to put back five or six letters—AEIOU and sometimes Y. If the word was center, I would write cntr. The technique worked wonderfully, unless I put the wrong letter back in. Words like f-u-n could become fan or fin—and that left room for a mess!

Today, we use text-messaging shorthand, a great idea…unless the shorthand is missing enough information to completely change the meaning.

A friend told me a funny, yet sad, story of a text-messaging mishap. While her daughter was telling of a sad situation she had just witnessed, the mom responded with ‘LOL.’ The daughter responded with shock at her mother’s insensitive response. Perplexed, the mom said, “Why are you upset? I sent LOL for ‘lots of love’ to let you know how much I love you.” The daughter immediately understood the texting generation gap and told her mom ‘LOL’ meant ‘laugh out loud.’ Needless to say, from then on, her mom wrote out more words with less shorthand.

I laughed at the story but realized my shorthand text messaging also has serious gaps that can change the meaning of something.

My friend’s story led me to think about God and His Word. God’s Word is not shorthand; it isn’t encoded with gaps that leave us to misinterpret or change its meaning to fit our situation, our needs, or our generation. It’s not subject to a politician’s office, the programs we watch on TV, a chance in the wind, or the luck of the draw. In fact, Matthew 5:18 says we are not to change even a jot or a tittle—which is like a dot of an ‘i’ or a cross of a ‘t.’

So, scripturally speaking, we are not to change the meaning or intent of God’s Word to fit our opinion or our desire to find a convenient escape clause from what He meant.

When God’s Word says He sent Jesus to heal us, I believe He means it. When He says He delights in the prosperity of His children, He means it. When He says He gives us the power to get wealth, He means it. When He says He wants us to be with Him in heaven so He sent His son, Jesus, for our salvation, He means it. When He says He loves us unconditionally with an everlasting love, He really means it. And when He says He wants us every bit whole, with nothing missing, no gaps, I believe He means it.

It’s up to us to simply receive. We have an opportunity to say, “Oh no, not me, I’m too unworthy or too sinful; you don’t know about my past.” But when He said all we need to do is repent, I believe that’s exactly what He means.

So, how do you say, ‘I’m sorry” to God? You can simply say, “I repent,” and mean it! He said we could have a Savior who loves, forgives, blesses, heals, and delivers us—and His Word tells us He means it. It’s up to us to receive the message, just as He gave it to us, without changing it or feeling too condemned to receive it.

If you need to accept Jesus as Savior or need to rededicate your life to Him, I encourage you to pray this simple prayer:

“Lord, I give my life to You. I repent of my sins, and I ask You to help me build a life in You. I take Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for helping me. I ask You to heal me, save me, deliver me, and set me free, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

I encourage you to begin to quote Psalm 103:1–5, which says, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me—bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. He forgives all your iniquities; He heals all your diseases; He redeems your life from destruction and crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, and satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

And I pray you to begin to believe that word from God, receive it, and act on it, in Jesus’ name. Amen.