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"If there really is a perfect will of God we are meant to discover, in which we will find tremendous freedom and fulfillment, why does it seem that everyone looking for God's will is in such bondage and confusion?" (p. 54).
DeYoung starts his book with Tinkertoys. It's been popular for a hundred years because kids like to tinker. And so do adults.
We have a generation of people who can't stick to their guns. They don't want to go through difficulties, to be stuck in the `wrong' job, state, family. For the Christian, life after high school is often filled with never-ending unlimited possibilities. A world full of choices.
Too many choices.
And they float around waiting for "God's will" to show them the safe way to everlasting peace and fulfillment.
By and large, we expect too much out of life. Everything has to 'fulfill' us. We expect everything to be amazing, and when it's not we're severely disappointed.
¿God is not a Magic 8-Ball. The Bible doesn't light up when that special girl walks by. Is he or she "the one"? Not if you don't talk to them.
God expects us to make good decisions, confident that He already knows what's going to happen. Why would God give us His Word to teach our brains about seeking, finding, and applying wisdom to our lives, if all we really have to do is ask God for guidance in our every decision?
**A Better Way
God's will doesn't involve you waiting for a "liver-shiver." It's being Christ-like in all of your actions.
Chapter 6 is on ordinary means by which God guides us, while chapter 7 are the "interesting" ways that we should stay away from. Read God's Word or set out a fleece? Seek out godly counsel or follow the verse my finger lands on when I flip open my Bible? Wait for visions and impressions? Or perhaps realize that those things don't happen quite as often as they did (or as we think they did) in the New Testament.
**The Chocolate Milk
+ I enjoyed DeYoung's approach to this highly misconstrued topic. There were times when DeYoung seems to have a heavy hand against those who are just meandering around life. It causes you to sit there and reflect, "Is this me?" This isn't a book that you read for mere information. It is freeing. ¿
Chapter 8 is on the way of wisdom: the fear of the Lord. Knowing He is above all, and not listening only to yourself.
Chapter 9 is on what to look for in a job and in a spouse, and how to be wise in your decisions.
Chapter 10 is on a final discussion with Grandpa DeYoung and Grandpa Van, and both had a very easy way at looking at God's will. His will `will' be done. Fear God, not the future.
Reading Level: High school and up
[Special thanks to Janis at Moody Publishers for sending me this book for review! I was not obligated to provide a positive review in exchange for this book.]