God Hath Not Promised (1)

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.

Palm Desert, CA, United States

Thank You Lord, for not making it easy for us. we always fall but have You to speak to. Always for Your Unfailing sympathy and undying love


bless all the Saints, in One Body.

Jim Thompson

Orange, CA, United States

My wife and I have agreed to take in our adult daughter, son-in-law, 2 year old grand-daughter, and 18 year old grandson to live with us for six months. At the same time both of our families are moving into an accommodating house my wife and I own. The move offers many new challenges. I woke up in the middle of the night, last night, with this thought: "You opened the door. Let me guide you through it." I felt the thought was from God. Then this morning, this old song from my childhood came to me. I searched for its lyrics, found them here, and revisited singing it. Thank you God for inspiring its writing and helping me recall important childhood truths. Please do "lead us" heavenly father.

Tim Ou

Austin, Texas, United States

Lord, be our inner strength daily.

Pauline Ferwerda

Ocala, Florida, United States

My mother's favorite.


Sta Maria, Bulacan, Philippines

I really enjoy singing this song. The Lord's grace is sufficient to us. His power is perfected in our weaknesses.

Carrie Ramer

New Paris, Indiana, United States

I heard it as a teenager, very good message, glad to hear it again.

Priscilla Nakitto

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom


Barbara Hemme

Poplar Bluff, MO, United States

This is also a poem, I am going to try to find it. These words I have read, sang, and heard in times of great sorrow, close to my heart, like Jesus speaking to my deepest heart.

Thank you,

Barbara Hemme


San Antonio, TX, United States

I appreciate this new tune so much. It complements the comforting words from our dear Lord's word. Thank You, dear Lord!


Pasadena, TX, United States

This song was sent to my mother when my dad was very sick. I was a young teen and now I am 84. Through the years it has brought comfort many, many times.

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.