“Just do it”
“And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
1 Samuel 17:37
There’s a particular famous brand of sportswear, with a tick/check as it’s logo and the bold slogan “just do it!” I like that slogan!
I especially like seeing it on adverts for shoes – because shoes, to my artistic way of looking at things, represent stepping out, walking, running a race.
I have to confess, there have been times in my life when God has asked me to do something, and I have allowed fear to stop me from taking that bold step of faith. Can you identify with that?
I love this story in 1 Samuel of young David, courageously going out to fight Goliath. David absolutely knew that he would win this battle even though in the natural, all the ‘odds’ were stacked against him. How? Because he had developed a habit of reminding himself of who God is.
Do you ever feel at a place in life where you are stuck, and can’t seem to move forward? For whatever ever reason – be it fear of the unknown, circumstantial set backs, demotivation, or plain old lack of faith – for some reason you seem to have lost your ‘mojo’ and can’t seem to move forward where you are?
Sometimes it’s not so easy, is it? To take that first step of faith and obedience; to make that first tiny move forward, write the first lines of that job application, say those first opening words in telling your boss about Jesus. To face your particular ‘giant’.
But any journey, whatever it’s length or the terrain it covers, has to start with taking that first step. We have to just, well … ‘go’.
Oftentimes we become discouraged by the voice that tells us “are you crazy?” “You can’t do that” “God wouldn’t use you.” And once that discouragement grabs hold, inertia sets in.
That’s what could have happened to David, when he went to fight Goliath, and the story could have had a very different ending actually the story might never have even happened! But David didn’t allow himself to be distracted by the voice of discouragement.
Saul, whether deliberately or not, tried to discourage David from going out to fight Goliath: “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” 1 Samuel 17:33
But David remained single minded, his eyes fixed on God.
Faithful obedience was David’s response to God; David activated his faith in God by recalling God’s faithfulness to him, describing to Saul all the ways God had delivered him from powerful predators in the past:
“I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”
1 Samuel 17:36-37
God Said it – Case Closed
I love the way David’s declaration of God’s faithfulness just settled the argument right there. There was nothing more to say on the matter. Case closed!
It brings to mind a song the children used to sing in kids’ church back in the 80’s, that had the lines “God said it, I believe it, and that’s good enough for me”.
If only I could claim that sort of faith was active in my life at all times!
If you’re feeling ‘stuck’ today; unable or afraid to move forward, start to remember and declare out loud all the times God has been faithful to you. Remind yourself that God has equipped you with everything you need. 2 Peter 1:33
And remember you aren’t slogging it out on your own, God calls you to partner with Him – to work alongside Him.
Just take that first step of faith, put one foot out and let the other follow, and keep walking, remembering that “the Lord your God is with you”.