I started stumbling and fumbling. It was wheels off! I looked like a card carrying idiot. Whack-a-doodle-do. Just like this. (Ed mimics his look at that moment) I had an out of body experience. I get nervous just telling you the story. The biggest fear we have is the fear of death. The second biggest fear is speaking before people, especially when you’re not prepared.
And when I walked off stage weak kneed, I said to myself, “Ed, you didn’t do what you’ve been talking about. You did not ask the right people the right questions to get the right answers.” And when we don’t do that, we’re going to live a wheels off life. [If] we don’t do that, we’re going to be standing there in a marriage, in a family, in a work environment, on our team or at school not knowing what to say, kind of looking like a deer in a headlights. You know?
Last weekend I kicked off this mini-series called “Questions”. We learned that there are 2,530 different questions in the Bible. God is a God who asks questions. Not that God is like in the dark. Not that God doesn’t know answer. He’s sovereign. He knows everything. But he does ask questions. And also men and women throughout the Bible ask God questions. God said, “Adam and Eve, where are you?” He knew where they were. He said Moses, “Who made your mouth?” He said, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” “Isaiah, who shall I send?” God said, “Jonah, aren’t you concerned about the great city of Nineveh?” Then Jesus said, “Who do you say that I am?” Questions and questions and questions.