Bob Gustafson Talks About Obedience to God
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 7, 2016 began with Elizabeth Castle having the Personal Ministries Corner, celebrating mothers. Rodney Herra followed with the announcements. There will not be lunch served in the cafeteria. The seniors were still on their European class trip. The rest of the student body was on a local music trip.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Trust and Obey”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Scott Sterling then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering.
Rodney Herra read Deuteronomy 28:1-2 “1 ¶ And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe [and] to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.”
Bob Gustafson discussed the topic “Obey”. The congregation sang “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”. Bob Gustafson had the closing prayer.
Melinda Pauls accompanied the service on the piano.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook farm manager
Melinda Pauls – former Laurelbrook staff member visiting from Texas / her daughter graduates this weekend from Southern Adventist University
Rodney Herra – men’s work coordinator
Scott Sterling - works with the IT department / teaches two academy science classes
Following are some notes on the sermon by Bob Gustafson:
- We have to obey what the Lord says is right. Many times we get pleasure from being disobedient.
- Every trial we go through has been anticipated in the Bible.
- Deuteronomy 28: 1-2 “1 ¶ And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe [and] to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.”
- Deuteronomy 28:3-9 “3 Blessed [shalt] thou [be] in the city, and blessed [shalt] thou [be] in the field. 4 Blessed [shall be] the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed [shall be] thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed [shalt] thou [be] when thou comest in, and blessed [shalt] thou [be] when thou goest out. 7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.”
- Deuteronomy 11:26-27 “26 ¶ Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:”
- When driving a semi over the road, I obeyed all regulations. My boss knew my brother so the job interview was short.
- Other drivers didn’t seem that friendly, waiting to see what he was like. One rule was that the drivers didn’t fix the truck, but the boss allowed him to fix the truck because he knew what to do.
- Other drivers marveled at what Bob was able to do because Bob was obedient.
- Saul defeated the Amalekites. He was not supposed to take anything.
- 1 Samuel 15:22 “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.”
- Psalm 18:44 “As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.”
- If we would obey the Lord, God will make the plan plain before our eyes.
- Eventually Bob missed his family so the boss let him take his family with him. The boss knew that Friday afternoon the truck was shut off for the Lord’s Sabbath so the boss made sure that there was an Adventist church nearby. God always worked out things so that the Sabbath could be properly observed.
- Zechariah 6:15 “And they [that are] far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And [this] shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.”
- The prophecies in the Bible are detailed and always worked out. But did Israel heed these prophecies?
- Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”
- When going over the road, Bob had a lot of people call him in difficult situations. A lot of these situations involved pride. Those who asked forgiveness from someone else had a new high when they asked forgiveness from those they had wronged.
- It’s amazing how God can use us when we let Him control our lives and we read the Bible to find out what He wants us to do.
- Romans 2:8 “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,”
- Romans 2:9 “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;”
- Bob thought he was doing what was right until an Adventist preacher came into his garage one night. Bob told him that he wanted to see what he was saying from the Bible. The preacher would sit on a five-gallon bucket and open the Word and read verses that answered Bob’s questions.
- Eventually, the preacher spent a week giving Bible studies to Bob. His mercy and compassion changed Bob.
- Colossians 3:22 “Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:”
- On earth we need to be obedient to our bosses, a witness to them about Christ.
- One day he was asked to deliver a trailer to a certain company that was very particular. One trailer was very dirty so he cleaned the trailer; his boss helped him clean.
- Our conduct says a lot to other people.
- Hebrews 13:7 “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of [their] conversation.”
- If you are a big enough person to admit that you are wrong, people often make allowances for mistakes.
- We can change lives by our actions and thoughts.
- 1 Peter 3:1 “Likewise, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;”
- In one family Bob knew in the UP, the wife was an Adventist who regularly studied the Bible. From five years of wifely obedience, the husband was converted.
- Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:”
- Many times we need to talk to people privately to save them the agony of being exposed in public.
- We need to think about what people are going through before we attempt to correct them.
- It’s my prayer that all of us may help me become a better person.