Do you wonder what God’s will is for you? Do you stress about not being in the center of his will so much that you think that by doing nothing somehow honors God or is where God wants you? Are there things for all of us that we know for certain that we should and should not be doing? If “God loves me and has a wonderful plan for my life”, then why doesn’t he write that out for me in a neat time-line or tweet me each day with all the steps I should take or not take?
I am really glad that I read the book Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will…by Kevin DeYoung last week. There are just a few books that I recommend to everyone, and this is one of them. Get it, read it, buy more and give them away. I think this should be required reading for every student before they finish the 11th grade and for every young and older adult.
DeYoung takes a look at three aspects about God’s will:
1. God’s will of decree
2. God’s will of desire
3. God’s will of direction
He encourages us to live trusting in God’s will of decree(that God is sovereign and has our lives planned out for our good and his glory), as we follow his will of desire(truly walking with God by following his commands written out in the scriptures), and then go and do things.
I agree with him in that we focus way to much on the unknowns of our future and trade in walking with him today for anxiety.
“We obsess about the future and we get anxious, because anxiety, after all, is simply living out the future before it gets here.” Then he quotes James 4:13-15
In addressing God’s specific individual plans and will for our lives he quotes Haddon Robinson:
“If we ask, “How can I know the will of God?” we may be asking the wrong question. The Scriptures do not command us to find God’s will for most of life’s choices nor do we have any passage instruction on how it can be determined. Equally significant, the Christian community has never agreed on how God provides us with such special revelation. Yet we persist in searching for God’s will because decisions require thought and sap energy. We seek relief from the responsibility of decision-making and we feel less threatened by being passive rather than active when making important choices.”
DeYoung follows with:
“Does this mean that God’s Word has nothing to say about how we live our lives and make decisions? Of course not. But when it comes to most of our daily decisions, and even a lot of life’s “big” decisions, God expects and encourages us to make choices, confident that He’s already determined how to fit our choices into His sovereign will. Passivity is a plague among Christians. It’s not just that we don’t do anything; it’s that we feel spiritual for not doing anything. We imagine that our inactivity is patience and sensitivity to God’s leading. At times it may be; but it’s also quite possible we are just lazy. When we hyper-spiritualize our decisions, we can veer off into impulsive and foolish decisions. But more likely as Christians we fall into endless patterns of vacillation, indecision, and regret. No doubt, selfish ambition is a danger for Christians, but so is complacency, listless wandering, and passivity that pawns itself off as spirituality. Perhaps our inactivity is not so much waiting on God as it is an expression of the fear of man, the love of the praise of man, and disbelief in God’s providence.”
“God never assures us of health, success, or ease. But He promises us something even better, to make us…humble like Christ.”
“Isn’t it interesting that we are never told in Scripture to ask God to reveal the future or to show us His plan for our lives? But we are told–in no uncertain terms–to call out for insight and to cry aloud for understanding. In other words, God says, “Don’t ask to see all the plans I’ve made for you. Ask Me for wisdom so you’ll know how to live according to My Book.”
In looking at Romans 12:1-2 DeYoung writes this:
“There are three commands here:
(1) Present your bodies as living sacrifices.
(2) Do not conform to the world.
(3) Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.
If we do these three things, then we will be able to discern what God’s will is. This is how the Christian life works. There are no shortcuts. We don’t get secret messages that tell us whether to drop the entomology minor…”
Christian, God’s will for you is for you to be sanctified and become more like Jesus. Spend more time walking with him and the bride of Christ (the church), seeking to obey his clear will as you trust his sovereign will and go and do something!
The danger of quoting books is that you don’t quote everything. In other words, get the book and read it for a clear understanding of what I believe could be the best biblical, refreshing and humble approach for living according to God’s will.
I fear I have over quoted and could face a lawsuit from Kevin DeYoung. Maybe I should ask God if I should hit the publish post button or not.