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God Has Not Promised Skies Always Blue

The outlook this morning was grey, cold, and damp, with a mist rolling in off the sea. In the distance you could hear the sound of the foghorn. Where was the late spring sunshine? There was no inspiration from the sea views today. But it did remind me of an old poem which starts with the line, God has not promised skies always blue…

God Has Not Promised Skies Always Blue

I learnt this ‘poem’ as a child and I have a confession to make, I learnt it because I was bored sitting in Chapel. We went to Chapel on a Sunday morning, and we were expected to sit quietly through the service. One Sunday the sermon seemed to be particularly long and difficult to understand. But my Mum had these two verses on a bookmark in her Bible. In an effort to entertain myself I started memorizing the words.

God Has Not Promised Skies Always Blue Poem

God has not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through.
God has not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God has promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labour, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
Annie Johnson Flint

That might seem like a strange thing for a child to do. But even at a young age I liked the words and the images that they created in my mind. This little poem makes a powerful declaration of faith. And I later found out that this poem is in fact the beginning of a much-loved hymn for many people.

It is true God has not promised skies always blue. Sometimes the warmth of the sun is obscured from our sight by dark clouds or grey mist. But you know living by the coast we learn how quickly things can change! So often the day may start with dismal grey skies but by mid-morning the mist will blow away. Then we see the blue skies and the sunshine that have been there all along – just hidden from our view.

What God Has Promised – Seven Things!

There are times when our problems seem overwhelming, and we can feel as if we are struggling on our own. It is true, God has not promised skies always blue. There will be times when those black cloud rolls in and the threat of a storm hangs over us. But just as the blue skies are still there, even if we can’t see them, God’s presence is always with us. It is in the difficult times that we remind ourselves of what God has promised so that we live by faith, and not by sight.

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid.”

Psalm 56:3-4

It is in those fearful times that we learn with God we need not fear. And so often it is in dark difficult times that we learn with God there is peace, even in the height of a storm.

Picture of a calm sea and blue skies with big clouds creeping in from the side and the words 'God has not promised skies always blue.'
God Has Not Promised Skies Always Blue

These beautiful words from Anne Johnson Flint remind us of seven things God has promised to those who love Him. Our hope, when it is based on the truth of God’s word brings inner confidence. That’s not self-confidence, but an assurance of God’s faithfulness every day whatever the weather.

Strength For the Day

“The Lord gives strength to his people” Psalm 29:11

We can gain reassurance from Scripture that God will provide us with all that we need. No matter how we may feel, God will renew our strength. We can face whatever the day may bring from a place of security and safety with the Lord.

Rest From our Labor

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart , and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28

God has provided rest for us. He set the pattern of physical rest with the Sabbath and to follow what God ordained is simple self-care. Our Heavenly Father knows that we all need time off to be refreshed. But Jesus has also promised that in Him we will find rest for our souls. He is our place of emotional and spiritual rest when we commit to walking in step with Him.

Light For the Way

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

It is only when the cloud closes in that we learn, that with God, there is always enough light for the next step. As we move forward, and take a step of faith, we learn to put our trust in God. In that place of trust, we find we need not be afraid because He is with us and His word is our guide.

Grace For the Trials

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

God has promised that His grace is sufficient. In the middle of trials, we can have peace that God will enable us. That perspective is inspiring. In fearful times we learn, that with God, our weaknesses provide the opportunity for God to move. So often, it is only when we let go, when we reach the end of ourselves, that God’s power is revealed.

Help From Above

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

God has not promised skies always blue, but He has promised that He is our safe place. Through any, or all, of life’s trials and difficulties God is ever-present. That means He is with us all the time. And not just by our side, but there to provide all the help and strength that we need.

Unfailing Sympathy

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

God is compassionate, it is part of His character of who He is. There are many Scriptures that describe the character of God as compassionate. But this verse refers to Him as the Father of compassion. God’s unfailing sympathy flows from His love and compassionate nature. When we are in need of comfort there is only one place to go – God is the one who will never fail to comfort us!

Undying Love.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

God’s love for us is eternal, and His precious gift to all who receive and believe in Jesus. Reflecting on God’s good promises has the power to change the way that we are feeling. The truth of God’s love is transforming.

If you’d like a reminder of these sweet but powerfully true words, then you can download a free PDF here:

God Has not Promised Skies Always Blue PDF

The poem God Has Not Promised Skies Always Blue by Annie Johnson Flint with a blue floral border.
God Has Not Promised Skies Always Blue

24 thoughts on “God Has Not Promised Skies Always Blue”

  1. I haven’t heard that song/poem in a long time! But it’s a good reminder. I was just thinking this morning of the disciples’ request that Jesus increase their faith, and I thought, that meas being put in more situations that require faith. Someone we want it to just happen, but it doesn’t work like that.

  2. The sun had been there all along, only hidden! May God give us faith to wait till the cloud passes! Thanks for this encouragement. Many blessings to you!

  3. “Just enough light for the next step.” I love this–in part because God showed me just what that means when my family unexpectedly found ourselves out on the trail long after dark. I wanted that light to my path to be enough to light up a city strip, but God gave me just enough light for the next step. I love his profound lessons from creation. Visiting from Kelly’s place. I’m happy to meet you!

  4. Great reminder! I went to Israel several years ago and watched a severe dust storm roll in from the Sahara Desert. It was surreal to look into Jerusalem and see the entire city partially hidden by a cloud of dust. It was as if it were reflecting our own moments of spiritual blindness.

  5. I don’t think I’ve heard that poem – but what a good one! Isn’t it amazing how we can recall such things from years ago…but can’t remember what was on our grocery list?!? I love your photo…what a cozy morning outing!

  6. We’re used to clear skies in the Virgin Islands, but this week we’ve been sitting under a thick plume of Sahara dust. It has been rather unsettling, but I’m reminded that God is still in control and He knows the way. This post was a great confirmation and encouragement for me.

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