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In Search of God’s Will

One of the best things about Kevin DeYoung’s book on finding God’s Will in your life is the title:

How to make a decision without dreams, visions, fleeces, impressions, open doors, random Bible verses, casting lots, liver shivers, writing in the sky, etc.

That’s not to say the actual content of the book is sub par, it definitely is not. In Just Do Something, Kevin DeYoung explains the difference between God’s will of decree (referring to what God has ordained), God’s will of desire (referring to what God has commanded), and God’s will of direction (referring to God’s specific plan for our lives). When we ask questions like, “What job should I take?”, “Where should I live?”, “Which college should I attend?”, or “Should I travel abroad or stay home on my vacation?”, we are asking God to show us the specific who, what, when or where for our lives. We are asking God to reveal to us His “will of direction.” De Young asserts that many Christians worry so much about missing God’s will that they either “tinker around” and never settle down or become so paralyzed in their uncertainty that they end up doing nothing.

Mr. DeYoung is quick to affirm that the Bible has already revealed God’s will to us. We are to love God, love others, and walk in obedience to our Lord. He also maintains that we should pray, ask for wisdom, and seek godly counsel. However, unless there is some moral reason why we should or should not do a particular thing, sometimes, as the title of the book suggests, it’s best to… just do something.

This little book (122 pages) is filled with Scripture and Biblical examples. The only slight criticism I can muster is that sometimes DeYoung’s advice can seem simplistic considering the complexities of life. But, Mr. DeYoung insists, and I agree, that believers can avoid the paralysis and confusion that often accompany seeking out God’s will by simply making a decision “confident that He’s already determined how to fit our choices into His sovereign will” (51).

Kevin DeYoung does a masterful job weaving together God’s Sovereignty over our decisions with our human responsibility to make them. I highly recommend this book. In fact, I plan to buy several copies and give them out as gifts to young people (i.e. high school or college students) who are just beginning to learn about making life decisions. DeYoung ends his book with the following words:

“So the end of the matter is this: Live for God. Obey the Scriptures. Think of others before yourself. Be holy. Love Jesus. And as you do these things, do whatever else you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, and you’ll be walking in the will of God” (122).

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

Behold Your God!

Sermon notes – Pastor Milton Vincent – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church
June 6, 2010

For more information or to download sermons, please visit Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church website at www.cornerstonebible.org.

A note from Terrie: These are my notes taken during our church service on Sunday mornings. I will do my best to represent each sermon faithfully and post by Wednesday evening. Please keep in mind that these notes are just that, notes, and are a condensed version of the sermon. My prayer is that not only will these posts help me to think about God’s Word and how to apply it to my life, but that each post will encourage others to do the same.

Behold your God! To behold God is to gaze intently at Him, to “stare” at Him. It’s perfectly acceptable to stare at God. God commands us to stare at Him (Hebrews 12:2). Our goal in staring is to learn. We need to stare at God. World events and the uncertainty and troubles that surround us demand it. Our transformation depends upon it (2 Cor. 3:18). Our very souls demand it.


1.  He is the ultimate and only Sovereign (v. 15).
He is the “monos-dynasty,” the King of “kinging ones” and the Lord of “lording ones.” What does this mean?
–  God is in control over every detail. There is not one maverick molecule in the entire universe.
–  All other kings and lords derive their power from God. (See Daniel 2:20-21; 4:32.) They all serve God’s ultimate purpose which is the unveiling of His Son in the ultimate climax of human history (Prov. 21:1).
–  No one affects our lives unless God allows it and uses it for our ultimate good (John 19:10-11).

2.  He is a happy Sovereign (v. 15).
He is the blessed and only Sovereign. Blessed = Happy.
–  Happy in His position
–  Happy to do His will
–  No one can stop His hand (Daniel 4:35).
–  Psalm 135:6; 115:3; Is. 46:9-10
–  No one can begin to understand the emotional complexities of God’s character, but at His very core He is happy, pleased. Even in the death of His own Son. Not that He did not experience pain in it, but “…it pleased the Lord to bruise Him…” (Is. 53:10). Even our Lord Jesus in the midst of the pain of the crucifixion “…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…” (Heb. 12:2). The Lord was pleased in the midst of His pain to pursue the ultimate result of His death on the cross, bringing Glory to His Father.
–  As we look at God, it should also bring us joy. (See John 15:11; Psalm 16:11.)

3.  He is the only possessor of immortality (v. 16).
Death is at work in us. We are not the same as we were ten years ago. But God is the same, yesterday, today, forever. Any other immortality is a derived immortality and God is the only One who can give it.

4. He dwells in unapproachable light (v. 16).
You…who cover Yourself with light as with a garment…(Psalm 104:2)
–  Our God dwells in unapproachable light. God denies the sinner (those apart from Christ) the ability to approach His light.
–  To some He will say, “…I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:23b)
–  Also see Rev. 22:15
–  In Heaven we will not have to deal with the sin of others, nor our own indwelling sin.

5.  He is not visible to our weak and finite eyes (v. 16).
–  No man has seen God, nor does any man have the ability to see God.
–  There are levels throughout Biblical revelation when men have “seen” God. But no man can see Him in the fulness of His Glory and live.
–  God is so great He cannot be seen by these finite, human, fallen eyes.
–  Just as our human eyes cannot bear to look directly at the sun, we cannot bear to look fully at God.
–  But, in heaven we will behold Him! (Rev. 22:4-5)

6.  He is the only One worthy of eternal honor and dominion (v. 16).
–  He deserves it all!
–  He deserves all dominion. If we behold God, we will understand that He deserves all honor and rule over us and everything else forever.

There is an exclusivity to these verses in I Timothy 15b-16. Not only is Paul saying something about who our God is, he is also saying much about every other “god.”

…He who is the blessed and ONLY Sovereign, the KING of kings and LORD of lords, who ALONE possesses immortality and dwells in UNAPPROACHABLE light, whom NO man has seen or can see. To HIM be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.*

*(emphasis mine) 

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