It’s a colloquium that I am over. Do you! What does that mean? On one hand, it encourages some demonstration of authenticity, and on the other, it is license to act without accountability or judgement. Either way, there is common understanding or expectation surrounding the statement, “Do you!” People cheer and support it. People celebrate it. People embrace it. It makes me wonder what might happen if we apply the same logic to someone else. What happens when we exclaim, “Do You God!?”
Crickets! That’s what happens, because when we stand in agreement for God to actually be God, we might not be prepared for what happens next. What do I mean? When we declare we trust God, He forwards something to us that requires us to walk out trust like never before. When we declare that He is our first love, He removes someone critically important from our lives. When we seek Him for promotion, He allows us to be downgraded in some aspect of our journey. When we read about success, He enables failure to show up in our vicinity. And when we declare healing, He disperses sickness in our bodies. Yes, hard to accept that everything that occurs is not Satan’s handiwork. God is sovereign, and accordingly, He may allow and even enable occurrences that we wouldn’t necessarily associate with Him. And yet, each of these are demonstrations of the Do You God! Because, regardless of how something plays out for us, God remains God! He changeth not! He is still God in the utmost authenticity. Why is it then okay for us to cheer ourselves on when we are doing what we please, and reject similar exhibition by God?
The Do You God also is forgiving when we’ve not done as He has asked. The Do You God is loving beyond measure. The Do You God is full of grace and mercy that is new every morning! The Do You God doesn’t put our shame on blast for the world to consume. The Do You God performs miracles in our lives so incredible that we are often left speechless. The Do You God is just that. He can “do” whatever He desires, and yet in the end, when the story is told, it is still for our good! God doesn’t have to pick sides. He is the same God when we are triumphing as well as in tribulation.
Joshua 5:13-15 affirms: “And then this, while Joshua was there near Jericho: He looked up and saw right in front of him a man standing, holding his drawn sword. Joshua stepped up to him and said, “Whose side are you on—ours or our enemies’?” He said, “Neither. I’m commander of God’s army. I’ve just arrived.” Joshua fell, face to the ground, and worshiped. He asked, “What orders does my Master have for his servant?” God’s army commander ordered Joshua, “Take your sandals off your feet. The place you are standing is holy.” Joshua did it.” It is not important for us to wonder about whether God is on our side, or rather, try to determine that God is only on our side when He is doing what we want. God is God! Period. He is with us in the best of times, and the worst of times. He is with us on the mountain and in the valley. He was with us before and will be with us in the future. Our response no matter where we find ourselves is to mimic Joshua and worship.
Whatever we are facing, we must feel as confident with God as we do with our friends. As we exclaim to them, “Do You,” so must we express to God! We should want God to show up in His most authentic self and be all that we need Him to be and more. Do You God! For we know that your actions, your very being will result in a blessing, more than we can anticipate. Do You God! The world is waiting.