What God Hath Promised ~ Hymn

What God Hath Promised

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.

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.

Words by Annie J. Flint 1919

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

8 thoughts on “What God Hath Promised ~ Hymn

  1. Good morning Ellen B.,
    Truer words were never spoken. I think it’s so sad that churches have abandoned hymns like this as they are a great way to teach God’s truths. It baffles me when young believers think Christianity is nothing but a Bed of Roses and when trials do hit they think God is being mean or treating them unjustly. That was a lengthy sentance wasn’t it? Any way, Ellen B., I just love the hymns you post every sunday and always look forward to reading them.
    Hey, we were in Brea last night…maybe we crossed paths at some point. We went to eat at the Hungary Bear and while it was delicious once I left I didn’t think I’d ever need to eat again in this lifetime!
    How were your parents? I hope they’re doing well.
    I hope the Lord sends a special blessing your way today.
    XO Cori G.

  2. I love this old hymn.

    I wonder why it is so many of us (and likely all of us from time to time) design our own expectations of what God’s will for us and promises to us is. My DH and I have just begun to exit a major, year long trial in our lives. Along the way there have been well-meaning friends who remind us “even when it seems God has forgotten us He is still in control”. Each time I’ve had to wonder what it is about trials that makes them feel forgotten or forsaken. It is in the valley I am most reminded of His grace and mercy. It’s in the valley I tend to cling tighter to Him and claim His promises. He never promised every day would be sunny or live on a mountaintop…just that He would never leave us or forsake us…and always keep us in His care…If we will keep our eyes on Him.

    Yes, I love this old hymn.

  3. Hi Ellen,

    I hope you have had a blessed weekend! 🙂 This is another new one for me, but I have already played and sing along with the tune a few times on cyberhymnal! 🙂 Thanks for teaching me another new hymn.

    Such a blessing you are!!

  4. This is a song which I have sung for weddings and it is very lovely in light of what you would want to say to a couple about to start out on life together. After my 3 years in Bible College I think I could have been called the ‘wedding singer’ as many of my friends from those years married and I had the privilege of singing for the weddings.

    Now is when you wish you had kept a diary of all the solos you sang over the years and what they were……..

  5. We are looking for a hymn book with “What God Hath Promised” and found your site. Do you have that in a book and what is the name of the hymnal. We have many old and new ones but haven’t found it yet, and need it for a memorial service right away.


  6. As a church organist for many years and also having MANY hymnals, I hace as yet not located “What God Hath Promised”. However I do do have a small card with the name Dicksons as the publisher. I received my card in 1969 from a woman I never met , at the time of my 17 year old’s death in a car accident. In the intervening years I have sent copies of this same comforting card to other families ,known and unknown to me. I recently visited our local Christian book store and was told that the copy is no longer available. T
    today I dropped off my last card!!

    Jeanie in NC

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