God’s Promise

“…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt 28:20

A person who conducted an informal survey about the prayers of people in his church found that most people pray one of two types of prayers. The first was an SOS – not only “Save Our Souls,” but “Oh God, help us now.” 

The second was SOP – “Solve Our Problems.” People asked the Lord to eliminate all needs, struggles, trials, and temptations. They wanted carefree, perfect lives, and fully believed that is what God had promised them. He concluded from his survey: “Most people want God to do it all.” God has not promised, however, to live our lives for us – but rather, to walk through our lives with us. Our part is to be faithful and obedient; His part is to lead us, guide us, protect us, and help us. Annie Johnson Flint recognized the true nature of God’s promise in this poem:

What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised
skies always blue,
Flower strewn pathways
all our life 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.

Do what you know you can do today – and then trust God to do what you cannot do!


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