Devotion 10 - 03 March 2013

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1 Chronicles 28:10 - “Be strong and do it.”

Do It!

One of the world’s leading entrepreneurs says, “screw it, let’s do it”... Nike says, “just do it”... Motivational speakers shout over loud hailers “you can do it!” From numerous voices we hear in the world today we are given the message that there comes a time when thinking is overrated and action is needed – it’s in those times that these voices tell us to get on and “do it!”

Now this slogan may appear to be the reserve of popular contemporary wisdom, but in fact it is as old as the Ancient Scriptures themselves. In 1 Chronicles 28:10 we hear the words of the great King David to his son, Solomon. In urging him to complete the work of building the Temple David ends his instruction to Solomon with the words, “be strong and do it”.

David had generated the resources, the Elders and leaders had agreed to the work being done, all the pieces of the puzzle were in place, now the time for thinking and wondering was over, it was time to get on with things and “do it”.

Perhaps you have reached a stage in whatever journey you are on where the time for thinking has come and gone – now is the time for action. If that is you then I would like to add my voice to the many others you hear today; and more especially to the voice of Scripture and say with David... “Do it!”

However, if you are going to “do it” then I would also urge you to keep a few things in mind. Firstly, in Solomon’s case all the preparations had been made. Rushing ahead and doing something before we have put in the necessary preparations is foolish and impulsive – if you are not convinced that you have made all the preparations necessary, don’t “do it”. Secondly, Solomon wasn’t only urged to “do it”, he was also urged (first of all, mind you) to “be strong”. In order to “do it”, if it is something truly worth doing, we will need to be strong and persevere... there are very few things in this world worth doping that are easy or short term. Most worthwhile things require courage, and perseverance, we can’t “do it” unless we are willing to also “be strong”. Finally, Solomon could only “do it” because his father and those who went before him had made it possible. If it were not for David’s legacy Solomon would have no foundation to build on. We can only truly “do it” with the help of others and by building on that which has been left for us by those who have gone ahead. There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man or woman, even though we may not always be able to see the foundation that others have laid for us it does not mean that it’s not there. We “do it” because others make it possible for us to do so.

So, if you have made the preparations, if you are willing to be strong and persevere, if you are able and willing to acknowledge the contribution of others... then please... the time for thinking has come and gone... “DO IT”