God Hath Not Promised

I first encountered these words on a sympathy card in 1967.  More recently, I learned that they are the words of an old hymn.  In any case, these words help to describe how God helps us “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23) which is this life on earth.

God hath not promised skies always blue
Flower strewn pathways, all our lives through; 
God hath not promised sun without rain, 
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day, 
Rest for the labour, light for the way, 
Grace for the trials, help from above, 
Unfailing kindness, undying love.

God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptations, trouble and woe; 
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.

But God hath promised strength for the day, 
Rest for the labour, light for the way, 
Grace for the trials, help from above, 
Unfailing kindness, undying love.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide, 
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide; 
Never a mountain, rocky and steep, 
Never a river turbid and deep.

But God hath promised strength for the day, 
Rest for the labour, light for the way, 
Grace for the trials, help from above, 
Unfailing kindness, undying love…

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/religious_music/

One Reply to “God Hath Not Promised”

  1. This hymn – I like it very much, because its message is true.

    There’s no place I’d rather be than where He soothes and sets me free.
    It’s deeper than the place where the ocean floor lies,
    And it’s higher than the most distant star in the skies.

    You can’t find the way but in your heart where any lonely interlude is at His command, when your inner realms are craving along invisible lines that often lead to the place where your mind is touched with the very life of Him.

    Maybe all we need is just a little faith… 😉

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