God Never Promised
By Liz Kimmel
God never promised a life full of ease,
No worries, no tension, no pressing needs.
What He promised to be is our comfort, our friend,
And a place of refuge at every bend. 1
God didn’t promise we’d never sin
Even after we’ve given our lives to Him.
What He promised is grace and forgiveness bestowed
On the heart that submits and resists that broad road. 2
God knew full well that we’d sometimes stray
And our hearts would set out on a different way.
His promise to us is to help us return,
And He’ll counsel and teach us how to discern. 3
God never said we would not be distressed
Or feel we’re constrained in a steel press.
Instead, though we’re troubled on every side
His promise of peace will not be denied. 4
God never promised prosperity
In the way that the world would have us believe.
But He promised that all we need is supplied
From the glorious riches that He multiplied. 5
Not once did God say that we’d never be ill,
Though every disease must submit to His will.
At times He’ll allow sickness to remain
That His strength through our weakness is made very plain. 6
God didn’t promise we’d never be hurt
Or depressed or abandoned or treated like dirt.
What He said is His love is the ultimate cure
For in all things it bears, believes, hopes, and endures. 7
God never promised our years wouldn’t end.
Martha’s brother died once, then he died again.
But His promise to all who trust in the Lord
Is a heavenly body, a perfect reward. 8
1: Psalm 46:1
2: James 4:7
3: Psalm 32:8
4: 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
5: Philippians 4:19
6: 2 Corinthians 12:9
7: 1 Corinthians 13:7
8: 2 Corinthians 5:1-4