My mother is not feeling well today, so she asked me to write a book review about a book I have read recently that has challenged my faith.
Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung is a fantastic book about God’s will for you. The Bible talks about God’s will in a lot of places, and many Christians worry about finding God’s will for their lives. People often think that if they make one wrong choice in the thousands of decisions they make in life, they will be outside of God’s will for them and will never find their way back. DeYoung calls this God’s “will of direction”, that God will tell you in all precision and with all certainty exactly what you must do in every situation of life. This idea, DeYoung says, is unbiblical. Yes, he says that God does have a plan for our lives. However, God does not expect us to discover that will before we walk in it, and He will not simply give it to us upon our request. There are two other aspects of God’s will that DeYoung does highlight: His will of decree and His will of desire. God’s will of decree is everything that He has ordained. If God declares something, it will come to pass. Also, His will of desire is what God has commanded us to do. It is the way we should act, how we are to live our lives as Christians. These two ideas are brought together in Deuteronomy 29:29, which says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” God knows His will of decree, all the things that He has set forth and will happen, and it is for us to know and follow His will of desire.
So, if God’s will for us to follow is His will of desire, how does the author propose that we do this? He lays out three Scriptural principles: read God’s revealed word to us and live by it; seek godly council from other believers; and pray for wisdom in decision-making and understanding the Scriptures. If we are actively pursuing God through reading His living and active words and letting them work in our lives, seeking advice from those God has placed in our lives who are active in following Him (God created us for community!), and communicating regularly with Him to bring our requests before Him (not lazily expecting that He would make our lives easy by solving all our problems and showing us every decision that we should make), decisions become simpler. For one, considering the character of God and His commandments for us should rule out many decisions, but if something does not seem contrary to these after taking the above steps, then just choose. God gives us knowledge and talents, desires for us to have faith in Him, and does not want us to waste our lives. So don’t stumble around in indecisiveness. Be sure that you seek out and walk with God and those who follow Him, but if you are doing that, do something with your life and make choices.