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The Sufficiency of the Word of God

Psychology is popular today, and often the first response to trial in a person’s life is to seek answers in man-made philosophies.

For the Christian, such a response may indicate a lack of understanding of the sufficiency of God’s Word. To be sure, the Bible readily advises that Christians seek godly wisdom from those who know and love the Lord and seek to obey His Word (e.g., Proverbs 11:14, 12:15).

At the same time, the Bible is explicit about its own character, namely, that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

While the world turns to feeble philosophies and vain psychology, the Christian ought to consider the majestic attributes of the Word of God: it is perfect, restoring and reviving the soul (Psalm 19:7; 119:25); it is right, rejoicing the heart (Psalm 19:8); it keeps man’s ways pure, lighting his path in the darkness (Psalm 119:9, 105); it is to be delighted in (Psalm 119:16); it is immutable (Psalm 119:89); and it is more desirable than gold (Psalm 19:10).

Above all, and not to be taken for granted, the Bible is the very Word of God. It is to be trusted, revered, and obeyed. And while the counsel of godly men is not to be shunned, it ought not be placed above this precious Word.

Christian, in your time of testing, do you rush to find solace in the murmurings of men, or do you run to the Word? Do you cling to the truths God has given you in its pages? Have you yet discovered its sufficiency?

Our great God has granted immeasurable blessings and promises of an unfathomable future inheritance to those who are in Christ. Do you realize that this same God has not left you with partial resources for this life, but rather has given you an all-sufficient Word?