Have you ever felt like decoding God’s will for your life was like translating ancient hieroglyphs? Have you prayed and wrestled and sought wise counsel, all in pursuit of God’s “secret path,” and still felt clueless? Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung addresses that exact aching feeling, with a refreshing twist–it just doesn’t have to be that hard.
“Why won’t God reveal his special will for my life already?
Because He doesn’t intend to. So says Kevin DeYoung in this punchy book about making decisions the godly way.
Many of us are listening for the still small voice to tell us what’s next instead of listening to the clear voice in Scripture telling us what’s now. God does have a will for your life, but it is the same as everyone else’s: Seek first the kingdom of God. And quit floundering.
With pastoral wisdom and tasteful wit, DeYoung debunks unbiblical ways of understanding God’s will and constructs a simple but biblical alternative: live like Christ. He exposes the frustrations of our waiting games and unfolds the freedom of finding God’s will in Scripture and then simply doing it.” –Amazon.
So what does God want for my life?
And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Our God is not a God of chaos. Our God does not play games or send His children on wild goose chases for no purpose. Our God is a God of peace and order. If something in your life is is causing you great fear and distress, you better believe that it is not coming from the Holy Spirit. What God wants for each of His children is shockingly, beautifully similar: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with him. That’s it. It’s so refreshingly simple.
Don’t fall into the “waiting on God” trap.
Many young evangelicals seem to wait for the proverbial “writing on the wall” before they make any big life choices. Where do I go to college? What do I major in? What job should I take? Who should I marry? I know because I was the stereotypical millennial myself. I agonized over “God’s call on my life.” I prayed and wrestled and wept, desperate for clear answers. But in that fear of making the wrong move, I often felt paralyzed.
Perfectionists everywhere can empathize. The terror of making the wrong choice is enough to freeze you into making no choices at all. But this is not God’s will for our lives. If we are living like Jesus, showing love and grace, we are in the center of God’s will. No booming voice from heaven required. As the book tells you, just do something. Take a step, and then another, and keep going without fear.
God’s will is not shrouded in layers of mystery.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
God is not trying to trick us. He isn’t trying to trip you up. He wants nothing more than your highest and best good. And He has laid it all out for us in His Word. It’s right there, just waiting for us to tap in to at any time of the day or night. His will for your life is usually right at the intersection of your greatest delight and your natural gifts and talents. So move forward! Figure out what you love and what you excel in, and nurture those gifts. Just do something!