Book Tip: Just Do Something

Maybe you grow in your faith differently from how I do. But over the years my faith has matured quite often due to reading good books.

I picked up one such book this week, written by Kevin DeYoung, and entitled Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will.

It’s a short book, about 125 pages, and it’s geared largely towards younger generations (30 on down). However, if you’re older don’t tune out yet. First, each of you has children, grandchildren, nephews, friends, etc. who could use this book. Many of those younger people come to you for advice…and this book will equip you to speak wisely in those opportunities. Second, I’ve made most of the “decisions” that he focuses on in this book. And yet it was deeply convicting and instructive. My guess is it will do the same for you.

DeYoung describes three wills of God. His will of decree, desire, and direction. God’s will of decree is his will which causes all things to be. What the Lord wills will happen. God’s will of desire is his commandments and instructions to us, the ones he desires for us to live in (for his glory and our happiness). God’s will of direction answers such questions as who I should marry, what job I should take, where I should live, who I should hire, or when I should have kids.

DeYoung sums up his thoughts with this – “Trusting in God’s will of decree is good. Following his will of desire is obedient, waiting for God’s will of direction is a mess.” And this – “Because we have confidence in God’s will of decree, we can radically commit ourselves to his will of desire, without fretting over a hidden will of direction.”

The rest of the book largely shows us why we sometimes become obsessed with the will of direction – and how it can often be sinful and damaging – and what the author suggests we do instead. He even outlines a simple 4-step process for making decisions. 1. Search the Scriptures. 2. Seek wise counsel. 3. Pray. 4. Make a decision.

In my estimation, this should be a must read for young people (those making college-choice decisions, relationship decisions, and career-path decisions) and for those who have influence on young people. A large portion of my conversations with 18-25 year-olds centers on the topics covered in this book.

To close, I’ll throw out some of my favorite quotable quotes.

“That’s often what we are asking for when we pray to know the will of God. We aren’t asking for holiness, or righteousness, or an awareness of sin. We want God to tell us what to do so everything will turn out pleasant for us.”

“My point is that we should spend more time trying to figure out how to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God as a doctor or lawyer and less time worrying about whether God wants us to be a doctor or lawyer.”

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