I heard “Go for it” in response to a prayer I just prayed…I had a sudden flash feeling of: empowerment, excitement, recklessness was there too in following the impulse of the moment, freedom…
But then I heard: “Did God really say that? Would God really say that?” which lead me to giving this some thought…and then writing about it, which you are now reading. LOL
So, then I asked: “Where in scripture would I see you saying: “Go for it”, God?
My mind started scanning the different events throughout the bible…
There’s Esther… Mordecai was in sackcloth and crying aloud in the city square, he asked her to go to the King on behalf of the Jews to stop Haman’s plans. You would think this was a “go for it” moment, but Esther asked Mordecai and all the Jews to fast and pray with her 3 days. At that time she would approach the King. But even then, standing before the King, his favor extended to her, asking her what she would want and she’d be given it…she didn’t “go for it” and ask that the Jews be spared…she invited the King and Haman to dinner. Then at the dinner, when the King wants to know what she wants from him, she still doesn’t ask…she invites them, yet again, to dinner the next day with her.
After the first dinner, there are the in-between happenings going on with the King and Haman, to me, showing God at work to bring about Haman’s destruction, in what looks like delaying on Esther’s part. But that is how God works…He has a plan, and He has His timing of that plan. Esther was being lead to speak and act in just the right way and timing.
The phrase itself:
I look at the phrase itself: “Go for it” – it is to throw caution to the wind, to be reckless, to be unbridled, unhindered by fear or opinion or thought…these don’t sound like God…
With God’s counsel, our actions will be founded in a place of fearlessness, confidence, boldness, readiness, and joy.
“Go for it” is the counterfeit to acting in line with God’s command/timing and will produce mistakes, regrets, and set-backs.
Examples of people in the bible who acted rashly: Moses looked around to see if anyone was watching and killed a man, Jacob had a dream he would rule and ran right out to tell all his brothers, Peter swinging the sword taking off the ear of the guard, David going with his “impulse” to have Bathsheba…none of these were good things or what God would have said to do had they sought Him.
“Go for it” doesn’t take the time to ask for the wisdom of the Father.
So, then I thought, what does Wisdom (Proverbs) say? Wisdom is not reckless. Wisdom does not act impulsively; it acts with purpose and thought.
- Prov.4:26 “Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.”
Proverbs is the voice of a Father imploring his child to learn from his mistakes, to head his wisdom that his mistakes earned him. The voice of our spiritual parents will save us much heartache, if we will just ask for their counsel.
I thought of Israel as they approached Jericho. They had the Word of the Lord to take the Promised Land, they could “go for it”…but Joshua used restraint and wisdom. (Joshua 2 AMP) He sent spies, especially to Jericho, to get inside information. This is planning. This is wisdom to seek out knowledge prior to acting: What does it look like in there? What are the dangers? Joshua even learned of the people’s terror and knowledge about the Israelites and their knowledge of God’s word that the land was the Israelites to take.
But here again, there was a gap of time that included: sanctifying, circumcision, and direction from God, between the knowledge learned by the spies and the action to take Jericho.
With Joshua, I would think he had a plan formed in how to take Jericho, as they approached. He was a military man. He had to be formulating his idea. But then, (Joshua 5:13) he came face-to-face with “Prince of the Lord’s Host” who gave God’s plan and timing. The plan was long and drawn out. No reckless rash action in that plan! (check out what they did)
So, in our life, as we make decisions, look to take new ground, or build up our life, home, and family…Listen to the voice of the Father, seek counsel from your Spiritual parents, pray and fast.
- Prov. 21:30 “There is no [human] wisdom or understanding or counsel [that can prevail] against the Lord.”
- Prov. 22:17-19 “Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them. So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.”
- Prov. 23:12 “Apply your mind to instruction and correction and your ears to words of knowledge.”
- Prov. 23:23 “Buy the truth and sell it not; not only that, but also get discernment and judgment, instruction and understanding.”
- Prov. 24:3-4 “Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation], And by knowledge shall its chambers [of every area] be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
- Prov. 24:6 “For by wise counsel you can wage your war, and in an abundance of counselors there is victory and safety.”
- Prov.3:5-6 “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”
- Prov.3:15 “Skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her.”
So, in the final analysis of it all, God will tell us to “go for it” but it is after we’ve taken the time to hear from Him and received His full direction. Then we can “go for it” and know He is fully backing us. We can be fearless and confident the plan won’t fail. 🙂