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Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will Paperback – Import, 4 Apr 2009
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Hyper-spiritual approaches to finding God's will don't work. It's time to try something new: give up.
Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung counsels Christians to settle down, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through.
Too often, he writes, God's people tinker around with churches, jobs, and relationships, worrying that they haven't found God's perfect will for their lives. Or-even worse-they do absolutely nothing, stuck in a frustrated state of paralyzed indecision, waiting...waiting...waiting for clear, direct, unmistakable direction.
But God doesn't need to tell us what to do at each fork in the road. He's already revealed His plan for our lives: to love Him with our whole hearts, to obey His Word, and after that, to do what we like.
No need for hocus-pocus. No reason to be directionally challenged. Just do something.
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Many ask “If God has a wonderful plan for my life, how can I discover what it is?” But the author states that if the truth be told, God doesn’t really intend to tell us what it is, and we may even be wrong to expect Him to.
He addresses the different aspects of God’s will:
• Will of decree, which refers to what God has ordained. All that He decrees will ultimately come to pass. This is how things are.
• Will of desire. This refers to what God has commanded, what He desires from His creatures. This is how things ought to be.
A third way that we look at God’s will is His will of direction. Does God have a secret will of direction that He expects us to figure out before we do anything? The author states that God does have a specific plan for our lives, but it is not one that He expects us to figure out before we make a decision.
He then addresses problems with the conventional approach to finding the will of God, and writes that if we are seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, we will be in God’s will, so we should just go out and do something.
He looks at four tools that Christians have developed for discerning God’s will - open doors, fleeces, random Bible verses, and impressions. He writes that all four tools can be used wisely, and that all four can be instruments of foolishness.
For making decisions, he recommends:
Step One: Search the Scriptures
Step Two: Get wise counsel
Step Three: Pray
Step Four: Make a decision
He addresses two specific decisions we spend a lot of time on – what job should I take and who should I marry. He states that in almost any job, God can be pleased with our work so long as we are taking pleasure in Him as we do it. Regarding marriage, he states that as a general rule, Christians are waiting too long to get married.
This short book may best resonate with young adults, but it contains wise advice for all ages.
Again, DeYoung is right about taking initiative and that God is often waiting on us to act. Living according to scripture is an unfailing way to go. But the scripture provides the walls of your path, not the path itself. The path is LIVING and it is JESUS himself. The chief end is oneness with him not mere obedience. Anyone can obey Jesus' commands. Mormon's do...JW's do... We are called to a much higher standard. Oneness!!
DeYoung as a professor ought to know that there is a dialectic to God's will in and for our lives. I've been hearing this debate go on for decades and it's quite tiring now. "Do I follow the Holy Spirit or the Scripture?" Christians have separated themselves into two camps on this issue unnecessarily. But it is both. Notice how I said God's will "in and for" our lives. There is God's will *for* our lives revealed in the Holy Book and God's will *in* our lives revealed through the Holy Spirit within us. DeYoung is mostly focusing on just half of the dialectic just as many Charis-mania Christians focus too much on the other half. Neither are complete and by themselves result in a lop-sided, one-legged Christian who needs to seriously start drinking V8 and get him or herself straightened out! Saturate yourself in the Word *and* the Spirit. "My sheep know my voice" *and* "obey my commands". Don't confuse those two concepts. Don't go through your whole life believing God is silent to you personally. Did he really go through all the trouble that he did to give you his Son and the whole earth only to ignore when you ask for him to speak to you personally? That's just depressing.