Today I have a little book review that will give you an introduction to making a decision without dreams, visions, fleeces, impressions, open doors, random Bible verses, casting lots, liver shivers, writing in the sky, etc
What’s this book about and why should I care?
This book is about what the Bible actually says about what God’s will is for X situation in your life – and it’s probably not what you think.
It’s by Kevin DeYoung.
And it’s short – 128 pages.
And you should read it because #1 it’s a great book AND #2 because Brett Harris of TheRebelution.com recommends it on his 27 Books Christian Teens Should Read, a list of the very best books he’s read.
What are the major points of the book?
#1: Our view of God’s will is messed up. God doesn’t tell us to go searching for God’s will for every detail of our lives.
#2: God doesn’t want us to worry about the future. He doesn’t expect us to “grope in the dark for some hidden will of direction. He expects us to trust him and be wise.” He wants us to pursue his kingdom.
#3: Here it is! His will for our lives is… our sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
#4: He speaks to us through the Bible, wise counsel, and prayer.
#5: To make a decision, search the Bible, talk to wiser people, pray about it, and go make a decision!
What did I take away from it?
God doesn’t have some special, secret will for every detail of our lives. We don’t have to worry about using weird techniques to look for God’s will in every decision.
That’s not biblical.
God wants us to grow in holiness and just do the next thing.
If the decision matches with the Bible, we’ve prayed, and our parents and other wise people agree, we’re called to not stay stuck with vague methods to look for God’s will, but to make the decision and continue to grow in Christ-likeness.
In summary: this book was awesome! It’s short, practical, and definitely liberating. I strongly recommend that you read it!
Hope you enjoyed this little review (or maybe I should call it a sneak-peek into the book, since there is a lot I didn’t cover!)