This past Sunday was an interesting one at Brooklife. I preached an unplanned message out of Proverbs called “The Trust I Need.”
Speaking from my own life experience with God, I shared two lessons about life with God that I have learned from Proverbs:
- Proverbs 1:7: “Fear of the Lord” means having a big picture of God that is filled with awe; it fits together with the amazing love of God
- Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord” flows out of our big picture of God; He loves us and we can lift up the big issue in our lives that we need His help with and He will answer
If you’d like to hear the story of how I happened to be giving the message, read on.
About 5 minutes before the first service, our lead pastor, Jason Webb, walked into the pre-service gathering room looking very gray. He not only looked sick…he was sick. As we discussed our game plan, Jason said he might feel better by the time he was to preach if he could just rest a few minutes. As I left the room, we agreed that if he was not in the worship service after the opening three songs then I would be a ‘go’ for preaching. Immediately, the worship team prayed for the situation.
Leading the congregation through songs of worship, I couldn’t help but keep my eyes peeled for any sign of Jason. As we finished those songs and Heather walked onto the platform it became clear that I was going to be preaching. But on what? Ironically enough, I had just talked with some people about the importance of having a sermon on hand to preach in case I had to “pinch hit” a message sometime. Unfortunately, I had not acted on this idea!
Getting the wireless microphone in place, I saw one of our elders, Gary Dzioba, gather a group of people to pray that God would give me words to speak to the congregation. Another mark of a great church: people praying in a time of need.
So, on Sunday morning as I walked up the stairs to the platform, it was a moment of trust, humility, and reliance on the Holy Spirit. What would I say? I lead the congregation in prayer that God would give us what we needed from His unchanging word that morning.
I sensed God leading me to simply share what I had learned from my earliest days about living with Him from the book of Proverbs. Two passages have been lodged in my memory since high school: Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 3:5-6. So, as I began to speak from these verses, it was an amazing thing to experience God meeting us as I improvised my way through the sermon.
God was good. Thanks for all who prayed for me. Thanks as well to the many who shared with me how God spoke to them through what I shared from His Word.