Captain Obvious

It’s like they’ve lived life in a vacuum and everything is new for them.

Ezekiel 26:1-21

Reference: Then they will take up a lament concerning you and say to you: “ ‘How you are destroyed, city of renown, peopled by men of the sea! You were a power on the seas, you and your citizens; you put your terror on all who lived there. (Ezekiel 26:17 NIV)

Explore: There are some people who just seem to have the gift of always stating the obvious. These are the type of people, when it’s -20 degrees outside, they will say, “Wow, it’s cold outside.” Captain Obvious!

It’s like they’ve lived life in a vacuum and everything is new for them. They can’t believe when the team at the bottom of the ladder loses, they giggle every time they drink soft drink… because its got bubbles, and they’re surprised when their phone runs out of battery when they haven’t plugged it in.

Sometimes these people can be endearing. It’s like they are seeing the world for the very first time. But sometimes it can be baffling how naive they really are.

Application: I think we all have a degree of Captain Obvious in our life. We make a poor choice and then get a shock when things don’t turn out well.

It’s like those in the book of Ezekiel who opposed God. The prophecies against them were not good, but that shouldn’t have been surprising when they had done wrong.

Often, when we turn from God and follow our selfish ambitions, we end up surprised that things haven’t ended well. We will even go to the extreme of blaming God for our predicament. Yet the consequence is often directly attached to our actions.

I wonder if God needs a Captain Obvious sign to remind us that our decisions impact our future.

Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we blame You. You have given us nothing but love, grace and assistance, and yet, You become an easy target when things go wrong. May we be more discerning in the decisions we make today so that we are not shocked by the outcomes of our future. Amen.

What can you see will happen in your future due to the decisions you’ve made recently?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.