The 4 Wills of God by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
There are always things that Christians struggle with, and I think that one that stands out on top would be knowing God’s will for one’s life. This very things, the Will of God, is something that I struggle with and have spent considerable time working through. Sure, there are things in life to which God grants a supernatural peace to all involved. One who feels such peace oft drifts upon some “supernatural high” and feels that they should seek such peace in every decision in their lives. And those same people, myself included, are quite disappointed when it totally does NOT happen that way.
Dr. Eggerichs addresses this issue in the best way possible: Scripturally. In his book, “The 4 Wills of God, The Way He Directs Our Steps and Frees Us to Direct Our Own,” Dr. Eggerichs looks at four scriptures regarding the Will of God. Here they are:
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;” (1 Thessalonians 4:3, ESV)
“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV)
“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.” (1 Peter 2:15, ESV)
Dr. Eggerichs contends that we must believe in Jesus Christ (John 6:40), Abstain from Sexual Sin (1 Thessalonians 4:3), give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and submit in doing right (1 Peter 2:15). And, that by asking yourselves those in questions form, i.e. Are you abstaining from sexual sin? or Are you giving thanks in everything?, you can better navigate God’s will for your life. You might have two choices of what to do, all of which garner the affirmation of the four above verses. God’s providence will determine where you go in your decision, however, God’s will would be done in either choice, in that you believe in Jesus, abstain from sexual sin, give thanks, and submit to doing what is right.
What really hits me the hardest regarding this book is how he is constantly looking towards Scripture regarding these. He chose these verses from Scripture because they all contain this statement, “For this is the will of God,” at some point. I have told many people, regarding 1 These. 5:18, that part of God’s will for their lives is staring right at them in the face.
Dr. Eggerichs take 1 Thessalonians 5:18 brings forth my only real criticism of the book. Verse 18 of 1 Thessalonians 5 is part of a longer sentence, beginning in verse 16, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, ESV). I strongly believe that right along with giving thanks comes always rejoicing and praying without ceasing as parts of God’s definitive wills for our lives.
In Conclusion, this is an excellent book that has helped me work through something that I wasn’t sure I’d ever get over. And, after a friend texted me similar sentiments about wanting that all-encompassing peace of God in their lives, I strongly believe that “The 4 Wills of God” will help more than just myself. I strongly recommend this book to all believers, young and old, new believers and seasons saints alike, as they will all benefit from “The 4 Wills of God”.
Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the publisher for free to write a review.