Sunday, January 26, 2014

God Hath Not Promised

In my troubles, I argued with God, “Abraham was able to remain faithful is because you had a conversation with him, in which you clearly promised him what he asked for. But I never have that kind of conversation with you, how do I know if you have promised me anything? How do I trust that my prayers will be answered? How do I know that you give a damn about me?”

Today in our worship at church, when we were singing this song, it’s as if God was saying to me, “You asked me what I have promised, let me tell you what I have NOT promised.”

There are times when we feel hurt and tired, we stay where we are and cry, and refuse to move on. But I heard God saying gently to me, “Hold my hand, my child. We’ll continue on with the journey when you have cried enough.” Sometimes I may lose faith, but He’ll never lose me.

God Hath Not 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.

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