Have you ever wondered if you should take a certain job, move to a certain place, go to a certain church, or marry a certain person? Or have you ever prayed for direction, a clear path, and yet found yourself still wondering what to do and why God seemed to be silent? Author Kevin DeYoung answers those question in a very practical and insightful way.
Upon seeing the complete title of the book, I became intrigued, so my daughter loaned it to me after she finished reading it. The complete title is Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will OR How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, Etc. by Kevin DeYoung. Having become familiar with a variety of Christian church settings, with a wide range of Christians, and having had dreams and other experiences myself, I was curious about how the author approached the subject. Although I believe the Bible is the final authority with regards to those things, I cannot dismiss what I and others have experienced.
After reading the first couple of chapters, I understood and agreed with the author for the most part, but it was a little depressing, too, because he seemed to minimize or invalidate what an intimate relationship with God might look like. Having had a couple of discussions with my daughter before she gave me the book, I had the feeling if I continued reading, I would find it a bit more balanced. I was delighted to find he touched on both the sovereignty of God and the responsibility or free will of man, as well as the beliefs of cessationists and continuationists, and actually encouraged a more intimate relationship with God.
I think the author touched on some serious problems when it comes to trying to determine what God’s will is as we seek direction for our lives— over-spiritualizing things; validating passivity by waiting for the elusive sign or open/closed door that reveals God’s ‘perfect’ will for our personal lives; making wrong choices because we prayed about it and feel peace about it; and using random Bible verses out-of-context like some use a Ouija board, fortune cookie, or horoscope, just to name a few. Kevin DeYoung debunks those things and teaches the Biblical method of finding God’s will. It really is more liberating as the title suggests.