Just Do It

But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”
Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” Exodus 4:10-12
When I was growing up, gym shoes were not the fashion statement they are today. Back then, the most popular shoes were ‘Converse All-Stars.’ All the basketball players had them, and when the man they called ‘Dr J.’ Julius Erving was caught wearing them on the court, they were the craze of the neighborhood. Then as I got into high school, some little off brand caught my eye. They were called Nike, and they had this swoosh emblem. It looked kinda cool, but nothing really took off. Then, they became the ‘in’ thing when Michael Jordan became their spokesman. However, that only got the company part way. Then the thing that tipped the scales to make Nike a universal brand was neither an athlete nor a sport. It was a saying. It’s something anyone who ever questioned themselves or worried about failure could relate to. It’s the thing that they tried to teach us in the story of ‘The Little Train That Could.’ It is the thing people heard when they faced undaunting odds and the voice I heard as a freshman in high school waking up to go to school while my mom was in the hospital. Three simple words; just do it. They have them on many shirts they sell, and you can almost hear it being said every time you see the emblem. It is also at times the words God whispers to us when an idea comes to mind or we are too cautious to move or act on His word. Just Do It.
God wants you to walk with the firm belief that you can indeed achieve what you may perceive is impossible. How often has God both looked at and given us what seemed to be an impossible task? And then as we walked, how often did we look to God, and asked how can this happen? This is where we find Moses today. At this point in the story, God had now appeared to Moses, and confirmed that He is the God of Abraham. God had also reaffirmed that He will be with Moses every step of the way. With all this being said, Moses was still not convinced he can lead the Israelites from Egypt, and now he was trying to convince himself he was not the perfect messenger for God. “I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled,” he said (Exodus 4:10b). I really enjoyed reading this discussion between Moses and God because it shows how God can build anyone up to lead His people. It also shows how we often want to shy away from the light of God and will use any possible reason to do so (I’m not a good speaker? Really?). God shushes (yes, I used that word) Moses once again, saying “Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and instruct you in what to say.” This was that Nike moment. Just Do It, Moses! Quit telling me who you are not because ‘I Am.’
God can make a way at times when we cannot see it. This is not either to say that God will do everything you want to do because He will not or to start a surety test to confirm God is with you. But if you want the one true living God to be with you, maybe now is the time to stop making the excuses on the things you know He asks of you. Maybe God is tired of our excuses for not being able to do something. If God is asking something of you today, yesterday, or maybe even months ago, don’t say, “I don’t know what to say.” Instead, say, “Father, I trust you will give me the right guidance.” What barriers are you putting up for yourself to stop you from achieving God’s glory? Where has doubt stolen what God wants from you? My prayer is that we acknowledge those things God wants from us, and simply, ‘Just Do It.’  Amen.
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About Kent:
“I am what all Christians are: flawed and always growing. I am not immune to failure, and I don’t always do the right things, but I learn from my mistakes, and always show love to all who I know. Furthermore, through Christ I have joy knowing I have His grace even though I didn’t deserve it and His love even as I can’t imagine it. I have written devotion for the past 14 years using my life’s experiences both before and after being born again and focusing on its relevance to Biblical teachings and today’s culture.”

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