In the book God is More than Enough, Tony Evans takes the readers on a stroll through Psalm 23, looking at the implications of this classic text on our lives today. Evans claims that this psalm is an attack on a life that believes God is not enough for everything that comes their way, including our emotional, physical, directional, spiritual, and eternal needs. Based on biblical truths, Evans’ book is a great reminder of our Father’s presence and provision in our lives. With some reservations, I do recommend this book as it takes you through the classic psalm, illuminating God as our shepherd, who “is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice—he puts it all on the line for the sheep” (Evans, 20).
I do worry that Evans presents God as a… I am going to make sure you’re happy and you get everything you want kind of God. While I agree that God provides for all our needs, God is not simply an “insurance plan” for present and eternal security. God does not promise happiness just because we follow him, as evidenced throughout biblical and church histories. But we do know that God is faithful and will be present with us, providing for our needs as we seek Him first and foremost in our lives.
While an “insurance plan,” as Evans describes God, is an unfortunate and misused metaphor for God’s provision, we do worship a loving, caring, Provider. If read with an attitude of making sure God doesn’t get boiled down to an “insurance plan,” this book is a good reminder of God as our Shepherd, and, as Evans points out, when God is our Shepherd, we will not be in want. Feel free to read the first chapter for yourself on Scribd! Find it here.
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