Just Do Something

DeYoung, Kevin. Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to FindingGod’s Will, Or How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Live Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc. Chicago: Moody, 2009.

Concerning the will of God DeYoung says, “So the end of the matter is this: Live for God. Obey the Scriptures. Think of others before yourself. Be holy. Love Jesus. And as you do these things, do whatever else you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, and you’ll be walking in the will of God.” This is an excellent summary of a book that clearly and creatively defends this statement.

In a very readable and interesting fashion DeYoung articulates what I believe accurately describe some of the problems with our Christian culture in America regarding the will of God. He says many of us (especially the young) display hesitancy in making decisions and settling down in life. This is primarily due to what he calls “unparalleled freedom” in our society. This atmosphere fuels the following question: With everything I could do and everywhere I could go, how can I know what’s what?

Another recent phenomenon in our culture is the postponement of growing up. Everywhere, we see Christians “floating through life without direction or purpose.” He says, “Too many of us have passed off our instability, inconsistency, and endless self-exploration as ‘looking for God’s will,’ as if not making up our minds and meandering through life were marks of spiritual sensitivity.” As a result, we are passive and empty, tinkering around with everyone and everything. His solution is simple. Regarding our future, we should take some responsibility, make a decision, and just do something.

DeYoung addresses theses problems and gives solutions according to God’s Word. He speaks to such issues as getting a job and marriage in a way that is relevant to our culture. In my opinion, this is one of the best books on the will of God available today. There is nothing in the book that is new or “earth shattering” in any sense, only clear biblical instructions for any Christian with questions about finding “the will of God” in their lives. DeYoung does an excellent job with practical applications in a way that any reader can understand. As a pastor speaking to someone about God’s will his/her life, I would recommend this book with great enthusiasm as one who is concerned with truth in this very important area.

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