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.’
- God’s will of decree. God’s will is always going to be done because He decrees it.
- God’s will of desire. God gave humanity a choice. It is His desire that we choose to obey the Word of God.
- 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.