God Holds the Future in His Hands

Representative Text

1 Dread not the things that are ahead,
The burdens great, the sinking sands,
The thorns that o’er the path are spread,
God holds the future in His hands.

Chorus:
God holds the future in His hands,
And ev'ry heart He understands;
On Him depend; He is your Friend;
He holds the future in His hands.

2 We know not what tomorrow hides,
Of sun or storm, or good or ill;
We only know His dear hand guides
And He will be our Father still. [Chorus]

3 His hand created earth and sky,
The zephyrs and the storms that rage,
And years to come and years gone by
To Him are but an open page. [Chorus]

4 Live close to Him and trust His love,
Assured that while on earth we roam,
Whate’er may come, He bends above
To guide His children safely home. [Chorus]

Source: The New Wonderful Songs for Work and Worship #67

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Dread not the things that are ahead
Title: God Holds the Future in His Hands
Author: James Rowe (1922)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: God holds the future in His hands
Publication Date: 1922
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #1889
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Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Church Gospel Songs and Hymns #334

Praise for the Lord (Expanded Edition) #178

Songs of Faith and Praise #69

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The Cyber Hymnal #1889

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