Just Do Something: A Book Review

I recently read Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung, author of Why We’re Not Emergent. I had to laugh at the subtitle to the book; How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc. As you have probably already guessed, the book is about making decisions and ‘discovering’ the will of God for your life.

DeYoung points out that we tend to have three different meanings of ‘the will of God.’

  1. God’s will of decree. God’s will is always going to be done because He decrees it.
  2. God’s will of desire. God gave humanity a choice. It is His desire that we choose to obey the Word of God.
  3. God’s will of direction. Which, according to DeYoung, is mostly bunk (especially in terms of how we often use it.)

He makes the point that if we would have faith in God’s will of decree and obey God’s will of desire, then God’s will of direction will be taken care of.

God’s will for your life is already spelled out pretty plain in Scripture; it is God’s will for you to be sanctified, it is God’s will for you to go, teach, and baptize, and the list goes on. It is all there in the Word of God.

So what’s the problem? The problem is, we want answers about who to marry, what job to take, where to live, what college to go to, and this list goes on. In waiting to ‘find God’s will’ we delay making any choices and often believe that we are more spiritual when we are actually being indecisive.

What should we do? Have faith in God’s will of decree and obey God’s will of desire. Do those to things and then pray for wisdom and make choices about all the other stuff.

What are your thoughts on DeYoung’s thoughts concerning God’s will? I am still trying to sort it all out but I certainly think there is a lot of truth to what he has said.

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3 thoughts on “Just Do Something: A Book Review”

  1. Tyler: I have been studying this subject for the last two weeks and have taught on it twice this week–I actually could have used these thoughts on Monday! I don’t agree with the first point–What first comes to mind is Jesus praying “Not my will, but thine….” And another scriptures, God is not willing that any should perish…However, we know that some WILL perish. I agree with the second point: In the garden God gave man eternal life and trees pleasant to look upon but He also gave them the choice to eat (or not) of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Choice. His desire is for us to want eternal life and not even KNOW about the alternative. 🙂 3rd point: Mixed feelings about his view. A good man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. If you are walking in the Spirit, you will be in tune with God’s direction (He is our GPS). However, our flesh sometimes gets confused as to what is God’s directions and our own. We do spend a lot of time SEEKING God’s direction because He commands us to—I really don’t think that we, as humans, will automatically know which way to go–there are signs (the Word of God, Godly counsel, —This is the way…walk ye in it. Just some thoughts —hopefully the scripture was quoted correctly. 🙂 Love and miss you and praying for you that God will DIRECT YOUR FUTURE!!!! And bless your present. Aunt N

    1. Thanks! I’m sorry I didn’t write this before Monday! The book is really very good. The author doesn’t disregard all of the things mentioned in the subtitle, he only makes the point that these are not God’s normal means of revealing His will to us. That is why we have the Word of God and the Holy Ghost (and pastors)! He especially warns against the danger of neglecting to make decisions and being lazy and then calling that spiritual because you are ‘waiting for God’s will.’

      In your argument against the first point, that God has a divine will of decree, you have mixed it up with the second point. Anything that has to do with man’s obedience to God would fit with point two. There are, however, things that God has decreed that will come to pass regardless of man’s obedience. Most of these come in the form of promises; they are things that we can put our faith in because God said it.

      Hopefully that clears it up. My first writing wasn’t very clear on that matter.

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