Dean Kuest – Glendale Campus Pastor
I can watch Bill Murray’s portrayal of Bob, a dysfunctionally obsessive-compulsive man in the movie, “What About Bob?” over and over again. Bob is afraid of everything, but his life is revolutionized by a simple concept he finds in a book written by his psychologist. Bob discovers that if he takes “Baby Steps” toward the things that he fears, he can overcome his fear and conquer life’s challenges. “Baby steps to the door.” “Baby steps down the stairs.” “Baby steps on the bus…”
As funny and ridiculous as the movie is, I have found great wisdom in my pursuit of God’s heart from Bob’s little mantra. Every decision that I make has baby steps toward God’s wisdom or baby steps away from God’s wisdom. the more that I pursue God’s wisdom, the better decisions I will make each and every day and the closer I will grow to Him.
Because Proverbs is a book that was written from a father to his son, combined with the fact that I have five sons, it has always been one of my favorite books of the Bible. You can open it up at any season in your life and find profound wisdom that will apply to your life or decisions that you are currently making. Perhaps that is why Cal’s message this weekend was one of my favorites in our journey through The Story up to this point – it was, as I like to say, “chock-full of juicy goodness” or to say it in a more refined manner, “filled with Proverb-like wisdom.” In fact, I re-watched it twice because I wanted to capture the proverbs that his message contained, so that I could be reminded of them easily. Each one is a step (some smaller or larger than others) toward God’s heart and his wisdom for our lives.
I thought I would list them for you as well (if you haven’t watched the message, please take the time to do that, first) so that you would be able to focus in on God’s wisdom that Cal delivered this weekend.
- The Big Idea: The best time to avert a tragedy is before you arrive at the scene of one.
- You can’t fix it on the fly while you are in flight.
- Sin puts you on a course that is headed to a crash site.
- All good advice is only useful if you use it.
- It’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know
- We all have a tendency to listen to our peers more than we should.
- When things begin in rebellion, whether in friendship, business, marriage, or even churches, they are often on a disastrous course from the beginning.
- Some of the worst decisions made in Scripture are made after seeking advice. The key question is, who are you seeking advice from?
- Diverting your worship of God to anything else…this is always a bad plan…it doubles down the dumbness that Aaron commits (in Exodus 32).
- Kinda right is totally wrong…Partial obedience is total disobedience.
- The easiest thing to do when you are on course to your crash site is to keep doing what yo are doing. Change is difficult, so just do nothing and arrive at your crash site.
- “We don’t drift in good directions. We discipline and prioritize ourselves there.” – Andy Stanley
- Examine your life. The unexamined life isn’t worth living.
- What does everyone know about you, but you?
- Who is in your life that has the ability to ask you the hard questions without you spinning out of the relationship?
- Who are your friends? “We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
- Not every person you know is a person who should be giving you advice. Every piece of advice you are given will set you on a path either to avert disaster or to head you into a disaster.
- In the end, seek to please God.
- Solomon tried to keep his wives happy.
- Rehoboam tried to keep his friends happy.
- Jeroboam tried to keep himself happy.
- Asa sought to make God happy.
- Which life do you think turned out the best?
- I Kings 15:14 – “Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.”
- What a great message to have written on your tombstone.
I want to encourage you to write out a few of the proverbs that will encourage you in your daily journey to take steps toward God’s wisdom.
“Baby steps away from the crash site…”