Just Do It
By: Alan Smith
Nike thought they originated the phrase “Do It”; but the Bible beat them to it.
1 Chron. 28:20: "And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD."
King David knew what it meant to “do it” when he was “strong” and had “good courage” that came from heaven. David was advising his son on how to accomplish this God-given task. The task was overwhelming, but it was deep within Solomon’s heart. Evidently, Solomon was a little discouraged, as well as under a little fear. He had to be reminded, through an encouraging word from his father, that the Lord God would be with him, and that the Lord God would not fail or forsake him. This is incredible! What good news to hear how our heavenly Father treats those that are called “His people”!
I have heard it said over and over, ”We just need to wait on God”. Don’t leave me here—let me explain further. I know there are times when we need to wait on God. But come on, there is so much that He has already told us to do, and did we “do it”? No, we didn’t always do it; but it is to these types of promptings that we need to respond and “just do it”. What keeps us from “just doing it”? Could it be mere procrastination? Or, could it be a fear of rejection? It could be either one of these. But, it could also be that God is speaking to us and we just need a little more “courage” to follow Him. I want to “encourage” each one of you to step out there and “just do it”! And, speaking of courage, did you know that encouragement and discouragement usually come from another person? Discouragement is not a spirit, but a lack of courage. Discouragement is the act of stealing courage from someone else. We get a false courage for ourselves when we steal it from someone else by discouraging them. God forgive us when we have stolen courage from each other, and help us to encourage one another more.
Now, let’s look at the Bible for some “just do it” times.
Ex 4:13: But Moses said, "O Lord, please send someone else to do it."
Num 1:51: Whenever the tabernacle is to move, the Levites are to take it down, and whenever the tabernacle is to be set up, the Levites shall do it.
Num 13:30: Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it."
Gen 41:32: The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.
Ezek 17:24: “I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.'"
John 10:38-39: But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles: that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."
John 14:14: You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
1 Cor. 9:25-26: But we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
1 Cor. 10:31-32: Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
2 Cor. 8:11: Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it.
Col 3:17: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord.
Well, what do you think? I told you that the Bible came up with it first. My prayer for us today is that we will join this group of “just do it people”. Let’s “do it” until we have “finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD."
May God bless the “just do it’s”!