Impressions may be good commentaries of our present feelings, but they are not trustworthy guides for determining proper interpretation of Scripture or finding specific guidance from God.
— Garry Friesen, from Decision Making and The Will of God, p. 94 (2004 edition)
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, as well-intentioned as the desire may be, is more folly than freedom.
— Kevin DeYoung, from Just Do Something, p. 26
We are soldiers in the greatest battle of all time taking great casualties because we have abandoned our weapons. This has happened because our hunger for experience—especially an experience of revelation—has replaced our hunger for truth. This is evidenced by three traditions in Evangelicalism that have led us into foolishness and danger. Continue reading
Because we have confidence in God’s will of decree, we can radically commit ourselves to His will of desire, without fretting over a hidden will of direction.
— Kevin DeYoung, from Just Do Something, p. 41
The difficulty of knowing when and how to make connections between the great commandments and these kinds of decisions (both life-shaping and smaller ones) have led many to give up trying. Instead, they seek some other way to know the will of God. Continue reading