ISAIAH 41:10 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (Mar 20-27)

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The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Humans weren’t created for change and uncertainty. In Eden, we existed in a timeless state without seasonal changes, financial uncertainty, fear of want, anxiety about the future, fear of abandonment, death, or separation. God created us to be reliant - He made us to rely on Him, and He is unchanging. With Him, we existed largely in a changeless state of perfection. How that has changed! After our rebellion against God, we found ourselves powerless against the harmful changes that violence, disease, loss, destitution, and death brought to our lives because of our sin. Because God did not create us for this, we experience trauma, anxiety, fear, and depression in the face of uncertainty and change. Will it harm us? What will tomorrow bring? If we have been harmed before by change, then our anxiety about change will be greater.

Yet, even though the uncertainty of life in this fallen world has afflicted mankind for thousands of years with wars, plagues, destruction, etc., day-to-day life remained fairly consistent, with everyone living in primarily one area during their lives and farming the land. You might have moments or periods of trauma, anxiety, and fear (such as war or death), but overall, little changed day-to-day. It is helpful to realize that up until the 1900s, most people would have recognized the lifestyles described in the Bible as the lifestyle they lived themselves - farming, herding animals, living on the land, etc.

But then that all began to change with industrialization and the modern world. These changes began to increasingly affect our day-to-day lives. We began to gradually be saturated with more and more change, soaked progressively in uncertainty. As time went on, we were inundated with "breaking news," and expectations to learn and adapt to new ways of doing things in our personal lives and in our professions - at all hours of the day. It can be good to be mentally and physically challenged, if done at a pace we can absorb. But what if that pace is accelerating beyond our ability to adequately handle it? The certainty of what we know is no longer "sure" and reliable. What new change will happen tomorrow that we will have to adjust to and spend energy trying to learn how to navigate it? It is jarring and stressful to the way God designed us.

We don’t do well with sudden, repeated changes to our environment. And in the last couple decades the world has been speeding up with change coming at an increasingly alarming pace. Our physical and spiritual natures were not designed to function with these sorts of constant changes and interruptions to our everyday life. There is a lot of evidence mounting that the acceleration of change today is too fast and intense for many people to adequately or entirely cope with, and it is causing anxiety and depression because there is nothing they can rely on anymore—the “knows” are always changing on us. People are desperately searching for something to latch onto—something we know is unmoving and solid that we can depend on. Some people latch onto nostalgia—focusing on things we’ve loved and which made us feel good about ourselves when times were simpler. But nostalgia is only a feeling in the face of reality. It cannot save us. God is the only one who can help us face the uncertainty of these times and stay sane in the face of anxiety, fear, uncertainty, and "overload." He alone is unmoving and solid - our rock. God tells us not be anxious in the face of uncertainty and change, but to trust in Him. Let's look at some Scriptures talking about change and anxiety in life and how God is the answer to this.

In these rapidly changing times when everything seems to be accelerating, and we feel we can barely keep up, let's turn our eyes away from the uncertainty of life to the certainty of God's unchanging nature. He is over all things, He holds our futures, and we belong to Him. That is comforting. Even so, Amen.


Other verses to consider:

“When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You’” (Luke 2:48).

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul” (Psalm 94:19).

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Psalm 139:23-24).

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (Matthew 6:25-32).

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25).

“Say to those with anxious heart, ‘Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you’” (Isaiah 35:4).

“Then say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord God concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem in the land of Israel, “They will eat their bread with anxiety and drink their water with horror, because their land will be stripped of its fullness on account of the violence of all who live in it”’” (Ezekiel 12:19).

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27).

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:6-8).

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1).

“Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him” (Psalm 33:8).

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride” (Psalm 46:1-3).

“God will hear and answer them— Even the one who sits enthroned from of old— Selah. With whom there is no change, And who do not fear God” (Psalm 55:19).

“He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord” (Psalm 112:7).

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught” (Proverbs 3:24-26).

“Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind” (1 Samuel 15:29).

“The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek’” (Psalm 110:4).

“My son, fear the Lord and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change, For their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?” (Proverbs 24:21-22)

“For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6).

“Of old You founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. Even they will perish, but You endure; and all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end. The children of Your servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before You” (Psalm 102:25-28).

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

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