The Promise of Hope in the Storms of Life

Annie Johnson Flint was an orphan who, along with her sister, was raised by foster parents who brought her up to trust in God’s faithfulness. She started teaching school in the early 1900s and was stricken with crippling arthritis. As a result, it became nearly impossible for her to walk and she had to give up teaching. With foster parents dead and her sister frail and unable to care for her, Annie moved into a sanatorium. There she began to write and sell poetry to pay for her stay and care. Even though she had no hope of recovery or relief, Annie, with physical agony, penned poems attesting to God’s faithfulness. One of her more famous poems put to music is “He Giveth More Grace.” This powerful song tells about our heavenly Father giving us grace time and time again to meet whatever situation we face, in spite of our weaknesses and limited resources.

Freedom from Guilt and Shame

One of her lesser-known works is one of the last poems she wrote, titled “What God Hath Promised.” Two of the stanzas from that poem say:


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.

                                                                        -Annie Johnson Flint


            Annie, along with millions of individuals past and present, learned that even though God may not always keep us from pain or difficult circumstances, He always walks with us, encouraging us and giving us grace to meet whatever challenges we face here on earth.1


Satan, You Can’t Have My Promises, Pg. 113-114. By Dr. Iris Delgado.

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