I’m talking episode 290 for November 5th, 2023.
This is Joel from the I’m talking microcast, where I share my thoughts on a topic that has piqued my interest this past week.
This week we’re talking obvious.
So obvious is kind of an interesting word.
Um, often used, I think, uh, I don’t know, to make people feel bad.
Like, doesn’t everybody know that isn’t that obvious?
Um, you know, sometimes we use it in a snide way where it’s like, you don’t even say the whole word.
You just say something like obvi, which, you know, supposed to, I don’t know.
Does it supposed to make people feel bad or we use that word to make people people feel small to make them feel like they don’t know very much or, um, to make people think they haven’t properly thought about a situation or a concept or an idea, but the fact is it’s not always correct and therein lies the challenge for those of us who call ourselves Christians, one thing we have to recognize, maybe not just as Christians, but just as people is obvious is not so to all people.
It is not so to everyone.
And, and you, you know that, and, and you know that, that there are things that are obvious to adults that are not obvious to children, um, maybe vice versa, young adults to older adults.
That’s just things we don’t know.
But the reality is that as Christians, it has become obvious to us who God is and why we believe in him and what Jesus did for us on the cross.
But the one thing that you have to recognize is no matter how much evidence there is for what we believe in the Bible, that does not equal obvious.
And if you think about your own walk as a Christian, there are things now that you recognize as obvious that you didn’t know before, and you sometimes wonder how you miss them.
And I think what we have to do as Christians is not overwhelm people with what we feel is obvious or the evidence to what we think is obvious, but to let them know that we believe and that it’s obvious to us and we want them to see what we see and to experience what we have experienced.
But the reality of it all is that we have to leave room for the Holy Spirit to work.
It’s not our job to make things obvious to people.
It’s not our job to make people believe in God.
It’s our job to explore the evidence, explain why it’s obvious to us, and then let the Holy Spirit do its work.
Until next week, this is Joel from the I’m Talking Microcast.