The Will of God IS the Word of God by James MacDonald is a good book to get someone who is struggling with the will-of-God analysis paralysis or is fearful that they have somehow sunk their life by choosing an action that forever puts them apart from the “will of God for my life.”
The author does a great job of dismantling several misconceptions about the will of God that plague many God-loving and good hearted people who wish to have a close walk with the Lord in their life decisions. By pointing the readers back to the Word of God, what it says about the will of God, and what it doesn’t say about the will of God, the author helps the reader reprioritize their life focus on the explicits of the Bible. In doing so, the reader is also freed from worrying that the every day little decisions (or even bigger life decisions – like which job offer to take) will somehow result in their being “outside of the will of God.”
The author’s dismantling of misconceptions is a strength of the book, but it is also an area where the author overreaches – especially in the area of the leading of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Believer. The author acknowledges that the Spirit can lead a person – though it seems only back to specific Bible passages that have clear directives – but then severely limits the “how” of the leading. While the author does offer some biblical support of his views, he is silent on the passages that may broaden the “how” of the Spirit’s leading (according to examples in the Bible and in ways that don’t contradict Scripture, of course) when dealing with the gray zones or little things in life.
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