Book Review: Just do something

Ok, ok… we get it. Not another book on guidance. Do we really need another book about finding God’s will for our lives?

Our answer is YES!

We all want help with making the decisions we have to make in our lives. What A-levels should I take? What Uni should I go to? Should I take the promotion I’ve been offered? They all seem so complicated. Kevin DeYoung argues that many of the problems we have in making decisions is that we have an unbiblical understanding of knowing and doing the will of God. This, he argues, means that we end up wasting our lives doing nothing when we should just be doing something!

DeYoung makes a clear distinction of the different types of God’s will:

  • God’s will that has been ordained from eternity for all time.
  • God’s will that has been revealed in Scripture
  • God’s will for the questions we have about jobs and uni uni courses and boyfriends & girlfriends.  

He shows that we need to trust the first will, obey the second will and then use wisdom to make the right decisions for his glory in the final will. In DeYoung’s words:

“So go marry someone, provided you’re equally yoked and you actually like being with each other. Go get a job, provided it’s not wicked. Go live somewhere in something with somebody or nobody. But put aside the passivity and the quest for complete fulfillment and the perfectionism and the preoccupation with the future, and for God’s sake start making some decisions in your life. Don’t wait for the liver-shiver. If you are seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you will be in God’s will, so just go out and do something.”

Finding God’s will is not as complicated as we make it out to be. He says:

“God’s will for our lives is much simpler than the conventional approach. The will of God for our lives is that we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. The most important decision we face is the daily decision to live for Christ and die to self. If we do those two things then we are free to choose between jobs and schools and locations. God wants us to stop obsessing about the future and trust that He holds the future. We should put aside the passivity and the perfectionism and the quest for perfect fulfillment and get on with our lives. God does not have a specific plan for our lives and he means for us to decipher ahead of time.”

If this is all sounding a little heavy for you then don’t let it put you off. Just do something is a very funny book. We used the book in our men’s fellowship and found ourselves laughing with the author a number of times. The chapters are short and easily readable. The best bit about the book though is how practical the book is. The chapters that are about relationships & work are especially helpful.