A Review of Kevin DeYoung’s “Just Do Something”
Ryan Allred | Pastor | Partner Development
Last Sunday we kicked off our study on Proverbs. Todd struck fear in the hearts all over the room by attempting to hit a target with a paintball gun. Why, you ask, would we shoot a paintball gun inside any building, especially across our auditorium? Because it was a great illustration!
The point is that we tend to be a group of devout, well-meaning Christians that are too-often paralyzed with indecision rooted in a misguided view of God’s will. We are waiting for God to share His precise, exact will on everything: “Will our family do travel soccer this year? We need to pray more about that.” “I want to put my name in for that promotion at work, but I’m waiting for God to give me the go-ahead” “Should we start serving at church? Not until God makes it clear.” We want God to draw out the bulls-eye of His perfect will, and then we’ll try our hardest to hit it. But sometimes God simply isn’t that clear. So we wait and wait and wait, all the while using God’s silence as an excuse to do nothing. After all we don’t want to do anything outside of God’s will, and doing nothing sounds better than doing something outside of God’s will, right?
In his book Just Do Something, pastor and author Kevin DeYoung addresses this same problem.
God is not a Magic 8-Ball we shake up and peer into whenever we have a decision to make. He is a good God who gives us brains, shows us the way of obedience, and invites us to take risks for Him. We know God has a plan for our lives. That’s wonderful. The problem is we think He’s going to tell us the wonderful plan before it unfolds. We feel like we can know – and need to know – what God wants every step of the way. But such preoccupation with finding God’s will, and well-intentioned as the desire may be, is more folly that freedom.
(Just Do Something, p. 26)
These words might be difficult to stomach. DeYoung recognizes this, and does a great job continuing the discussion we started last Sunday. He suggests that instead of being paralyzed by a fear of missing God’s will, we instead focus our energies on the things God has made clear and apply sound, biblical wisdom to the rest.
Wisdom is what we need to live a godly life. God does not tell us the future, nor does He expect us to figure it out. When we don’t know which way to turn and are faced with tough decisions in life, God doesn’t expect us to grope in the dark for some hidden will of direction. He expects us to trust Him and to be wise.
(Just Do Something, p. 89)
Just Do Something is a great companion to our study on Proverbs. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but it is really helpful in thinking through how God works and what God wants. Give a few copies to your friends so you can read and talk about it together. You’ll find some new freedom to take risks and walk intimately with your God.