God hath not promised skies always blue

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 labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
  Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.
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.
Alex Nelson

Columbus, Ohio, United States

My dear mom Beverly went into the arm of the Savior on April 9 2012. She was a real overcomer. This hymn was used for her placard with her picture on it.

Ginny Burns

Chicago, IL

My dad passed away in 1969 and in interred at Queen of Heaven cemetery in Hillside. This is on the window next to his crypt. My Mom had macular degeneration and every month we went to visit with dad. My Mom would have me read it aloud 4 or 5 times. Such Beauty in such simplicity.

Nelson Liu

Irvine, CA, United States

Lord, thank You You've promised strength, rest, light, grace, help, sympathy, and love!!

Esther Park

Chicago, Illinois, United States

I am a young person who is now attending Summer School of Truth and Camp Grow. I have recently found this song, and it is now my favorite. Praise the Lord! :)

Lanre Ogundipe

Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Inspirational and very comforting in distress. Lord, my prayer is You will draw closer that I may be able to serve and worship all days of my life. That God would grant me the enablement to trust Him to the very end.

Angelo Uy

Cauayan, Isabela, Philippines

Thank You Lord Jesus for Your unfailing sympathy, undying love. Lord Jesus I love You...


San Antonio, Texas, United States

A month ago, I lost my job unexpectedly and am still looking. Today I opened my Bible to Psalms and a marker was there that my mother penned. The first verse of this song. Today would have been her Birthday! What a message and what timing.

Marion Hume

Boorabee Park 2480, NSW, Australia

This Hymn has wonderful memories for me as a child growing up and it still has. My Father used to recite the first verse of this Hymn to us all as a Family, at the dinner table countless times and it became so loved that we would all repeat it time and time again. Sometimes when things aren't going as I would like, this Hymn lifts my soul and puts things into perspective for me

The words are so simple yet they say and mean so much and are such a Blessing.

Margaret Sidney

Aiken, SC, United States

This poem has been my inspiration for years and years.

Candy Dolin

Fayetteville, West Virginia, United States

This is my favorite poem of all time. Whenever I'm thinking I'm having a bad day, I read this and it instantly makes me smile and feel all better. Thank You God!

As an elderly person, I have passed through a great many different experiences in human life. Many unpleasant things have happened to me. There is no such thing as a life without difficulties. As the line from a hymn says, "God hath not promised skies always blue" (Hymns, #720). But although I have passed through many situations of unhappiness and unpleasantness, I have been a happy person because I have the Lord Jesus. Even the demons can testify that I am happy in the Lord. I do not have the Lord Jesus merely in an objective way as the One in the heavens. My Christ is both in the heavens and also in me. Hallelujah, Christ lives in me, and I can breathe Him, drink of Him, and feast upon Him! Daily I enjoy the best breathing, drinking, and eating.

As fallen ones, we may have the fallen natural concept that if we fear God, serve Him, love Him, and follow Him, we will prosper in everything; the unhealthy will become healthy and the foolish will become wise. However, God has not promised this. Hymns, #720 was written by an experienced Christian. Verse 1 and the chorus say,


Many times, God has placed those who love Him into trials and sufferings that they may experience more of Him. When everything is calm and peaceful, we seldom think of enjoying God and know very little about experiencing the Lord. Only when we fall into sufferings can we be humbled to trust the Lord wholeheartedly, call on Him, and enjoy Him.