Have you ever wondered what it means to do the will of God? Have you walked as a Christian, but not really understood the full extent of God’s purposes for your life?
Pastor, author and founder of Blackaby Ministries International, Dr. Henry Blackaby describes the steps to deepen one’s knowledge of and relationship with God in Experiencing God – Knowing and Doing the Will of God. Originally published in 1990, an updated and revised version was issued in 2008 with the help of Dr. Blackaby’s son Richard and Claude King. This version is the basis for this review.
In Experiencing God, Dr. Blackaby reviews Scripture and his own personal experiences with God to draw out seven key realities to developing a deeper life with God. From viewing life through the lens of God’s work around us; to deepening our relationship with God; to making necessary adjustments in our life, Dr. Blackaby presents a practical, personal and understandable look at how a single human can understand God’s ways and draw closer to Him.
The book, and the available workbook that accompanies it, were completely eye-opening for me. After several years of being a Christian, I found myself excited about God, but not really having an understanding of how to join Him. Beyond just reading Scripture and praying, Dr. Blackaby’s book lays out practical methods for understanding God’s presence in the activities and relationships around us. Dr. Blackaby presents easy to understand explanations of how to better hear God’s voice; ways to show our love to God; and many real-life examples of the amazing work God has done through those who have surrendered their life to Him.
One of the most amazing revelations for me was the concept of looking for God’s activity in the world around me and then consciously choosing to join God in His work. By focusing our attention where God is already at work, we can be more effective in fulfilling God’s call on our life. One can also rest assured in many choices in life, as God never fails to complete His purposes.
Beyond being a good read, this book has had a life-changing impact for me. My understanding of who God is, how He works, and my faith in His awesome power has been increased exponentially through completing this study.
Dr. Blackaby also offers a once a month Bible study in the Atlanta area at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro for those who want to gain more insight into how to apply these principles to their life and work. I highly encourage you to attend if you are able. Details for the monthly Bible study can be found here.