There is probably no one who doesn’t recognize the title of this blog. “Just Do It” is the logo for Nike. I don’t think the creators of this slogan/logo realized just how popular it would be. They developed the slogan thinking, of course, of sports, exercise. “Just do it” – get out there and exercise – walk, run, whatever works for you.It’s that simple when it comes to walking by faith – not by sight or feelings. Just Trust God. But trusting God isn’t always that simple, is it?
If we’ve lived life at all, we’ve probably been hurt, rejected, offended. And when that happens a few times, we find it hard to trust the person who hurt and/or rejected us. That lack of trust will affect our relationships with others and if we allow it, it will affect our relationship with God. And eventually, we find ourselves in a place where we don’t trust God. Yet, that is what we are commanded to do.“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
This verse plainly states “trust.” It doesn’t say, “If you feel like it,” or “If you think it’s the best choice,” – no - it says “trust.” “Just Do It” – trust.
But it’s not as easy as it sounds, is it? It means giving up our hurts, our anger, our rejection. That position can become quite comfortable over time, and we don’t want to give it up because we realize that by coming out of that place, we are back in a position of vulnerability. Open to hurt and rejection again. There’s the issue of trust again. We must trust God to protect us. And He will. Will people still wound us? Probably. But in trusting God, we can be assured He will carry our hurts and heal our hearts.
Sometimes our lack of trust causes us to question God. This is what happened in my case. I questioned God about several issues over several months and did not receive an answer, in my opinion. It seemed as if the more I questioned God, the quieter He got. The quieter He got, the more I questioned. It became a vicious cycle until the day I said, “That’s it. I’m done.” But, thankfully, God is never done.
Repentance. Forgiveness. Trust.
Just Do It. Just Trust.