Berean Lamp Memory Verse - John 16:22 - (April 12-19)
The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16:22)
We have sorrow in this life. Because of the Fall, harm (evil) has been mixed into the fabric of God's good creation and there are "seasons" on earth for the good and the bad. We all have moments that feel like we're touching Heaven, and we have times when we feel we are sinking into the very pits of hell. This is not how it was meant to be, but it is the result of man's rebellion against God. Sometimes there is good and sometimes there is bad - sometimes it turns out alright and sometimes it doesn't. No one wants to experience the bad - man wants to "do what feels good" and when bad things happen, they say, "focus on the positive" and "don't worry, everything will turn out alright." But these are empty promises from a world doomed to the outcome of its own fallen nature. Yet, in His love and mercy, God didn't leave us to the world's empty platitudes for comfort. God has promised - swearing by His unbreakable name (Hebrews 6:13-20) - that everything WILL turn out alright for those who have made peace with Him - and more than that - things will turn out far better than we can possibly imagine. Not only will things be made good for all eternity, but God will undo all the harm that has been done! God has promised through His Son that although this present struggle we call "life" is characterized by a season for everything - bad and good, life and loss, the day is close at hand for those who have made peace with God when these things will pass away into inexpressible joy. Today, we taste joy and we taste sorrow, but when we leave with Jesus this life behind, we will be completely consumed by pure, untainted joy in Him so deep and immeasurable that it cannot be expressed in any language or communication. This is a joy that cannot fade and which no one can take from us.
This life is as close to hell as a Believer in Jesus will ever experience, just as it is the closest to heaven a non-believer will ever reach.
May we never forget the promises of God and our Savior Jesus Christ Who will comfort us with a REALITY so wonderful, we could not have imagined one better had we enlisted all the poets, dreamers, and thinkers that had ever lived. Everything will turn out alright, because God has sworn by His unbreakable name that it will for those who abide in Christ Jesus. Even so, Amen.
Other verses to consider:
THE FALLEN STATE OF NATURE RESULTS IN BAD THINGS MIXED INTO THE GOOD OF GOD'S ORIGINAL CREATION
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).
IN OUR REBELLION, WE DESERVE ONLY BAD THINGS, YET IN HIS MERCY GOD GIVES THE WORLD GOOD THINGS
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:44-45).
WE EXPERIENCE MANY BAD THINGS IN LIFE
“Oh that my grief were actually weighed and laid in the balances together with my calamity!” (Job 6:2)
“My eye has also grown dim because of grief, And all my members are as a shadow” (Job 17:7)
“Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also” (Psalm 31:9).
"My soul weeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Your word. (Psalm 119:28)
GOD DOES NOT IGNORE OUR SUFFERING IN THIS ESTATE
“You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” (Psalm 56:8)
“Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!” (Psalm 126:5)
“Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy” (John 16:20).
JESUS WAS APPOINTED TO SUFFER FOR US TO FREE US FROM THE POWER OF FALLEN NATURE
“He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him” (Isaiah 53:3).
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4).
“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
OUR HOPE IN JESUS FOR OUR FUTURE
“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14).
“Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead” (Isaiah 29:19).
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).
“For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us.” (Hebrews 6:19-20a)
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. ” (Colossians 3:1-4).
THIS PRESENT STRUGGLE ENDS WELL IN JESUS
“He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 25:8).
“But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!” (Psalm 68:3)
“And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10).
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress” (Isaiah 65:17-19).
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 24-25).