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Sufficient Is the Word of God

Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that" (James 4:15).

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1.   Sufficient is the Word of God
         That we may know His will,
      And trust each day His providence
         By faith content and still.
      The secret things belong to God;
         Our lives are His to lead.
      But He has given us His Word
         And that is all we need.

2.   How vain the questions in my heart
         To know what lies ahead,
      When I neglect to read His Word
         And know not what He said.
      I need not look beyond His Word
         To know His will for me;
      If I but walk within its light
         My path I'll plainly see.

3.   Our God has purposed and designed
         Each moment of each day,
      And though we rise and make our plans
         'Tis He directs our way.
      Thus we should say when we arise:
         "Lord-willing I shall stand."
      For we, except His Word reveals,
         Know not what He has planned.

4.   For who can search the mind of God,
         Know what tomorrow brings?
      And who can grasp His providence
         To understand all things?
      Our future rests within God's hands
         And we must leave it there;
      Content to walk each day by faith
         Within His loving care.

5.   Tomorrow need not cause us fear,
         For God knows what will be.
      Sufficient that we know His Word
         To walk obediently.
      Where He has spoken, Let us hear,
         Upon His Word we stand.
      Where He is silent, Let us rest,
         And trust His kind, good hand.

"Sufficient Is the Word of God"
WORDS: Ken Puls, July 22, 2000
MUSIC: William Croft, 1678-1727
THEME: Knowing God's Will

This hymn is a reminder that God's Word is sufficient for us to know His will for us. We "do not know what the future will bring" and so we must learn to say "if the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that" (James 4:13–17). "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deuteronomy 29:29). We do not know what the future holds, but we can trust God in His providence and walk in obedience to His Word.

I wrote the hymn during a time of uncertainty. I had graduated from seminary, but was still searching for full time employment in teaching or ministry. I needed to preach truth to myself and rest in God's providence. In an interesting turn of providence, in the same month I wrote the hymn (July 2000), I also began training to develop online courses and teach as an online instructor at Dallas Baptist University. I later used the knowledge from that training to develop the Founders Study Center when God gave me a full time job with Founders Ministries in 2003. God is good in all He provides.

Words ©2000 Kenneth A Puls
Music: Public Domain


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