PROVERBS 24:20 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (Oct 23-30)
The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out” (Proverbs 24:20).
This is the second Memory Verse on the topic of "living in the moment." The wisdom of the world tells us to not dwell on the past or the future, but that our only reality is the present:
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” - Henry David Thoreau
“Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour, but this hour.” - Walt Whitman
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” - Eckhart Tolle
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” - Amit Ray
This is the world's wisdom, but it is not God's wisdom. God wants us to be awake to the past, present, and future. We are not to ignore the past - we are not to be ignorant of what has come before. In fact, God wants us to remember the Law and the Prophets and recall His Word to them, for it is also to us. Furthermore, God wants us to remember what He has done - to see by His actions His character and nature. God also wants us to remember and understand what man has done, to better understand man's character and nature. It is impossible to understand Salvation without reference to the past that has made Salvation necessary. Finally, God wants us to remember and face what we have done in our own lives, so that we can repent of past sins and make peace with those we have wronged. If we do not face our past and repent of our past, we cannot enter the Salvation of God. Knowing and facing the past is essential to Salvation. That being said, for those in Christ, our past has no power over us, for Jesus has forgiven us for or debts of sin in it.
We are not to ignore the present. God wants us to be present to the needs and difficulties of others. We are to live the present in accordance with the First and Second Commandments. And the fruit of the Holy Spirit is to be always overflowing from our lives to nourish, protect, and sustain those around us. We are to be living now for Christ, eagerly living a sacrificial life in a faith lived out in our actions towards our family and neighbors.
We are not to ignore the future. God wants us to understand clearly that our present actions directly affect our future state. The future is real and we need to keep it in perspective to help guide us in our present behavior - selfish, wicked deeds receive God's eternal wrath if not repented of while good deeds receive mercy (to the one who is justified by Christ). We are told we are living now for a future inheritance that we are storing up in how we live for Christ - this is an eternal inheritance through Jesus. We are to be eagerly looking forward to Christ's return and to watch always for His return - to be sober and awake at all times for that future happening and not to be caught unaware when it comes.
So, we see that we are NOT to live in the moment and accept the chaos of our own way, denying the past and being blind to the future.
May we live our lives with an eye to the Lord's prayer, which teaches us a holistic or timeless way of seeing our lives - past, present, and glorious future.
Other verses to consider:
REMEMBER THE PAST - BOTH MAN'S UNFAITHFULNESS AND GOD'S FAITHFULNESS; CONFRONT YOUR OWN PAST AND REPENT
“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).
“Please inquire of past generations, And consider the things searched out by their fathers. For we are only of yesterday and know nothing, Because our days on earth are as a shadow” (Job 8:8-9).
“Remember this, and be assured; Recall it to mind, you transgressors. Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:8-10).
“I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced” (2 Corinthians 12:21).
“I have previously said when present the second time, and though now absent I say in advance to those who have sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that if I come again I will not spare anyone” (2 Corinthians 13:2).
“Indeed, ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and inquire from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it? Has any people heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, as you have heard it, and survived?” (Deuteronomy 4:31-33)
“O God, we have heard with our ears, Our fathers have told us The work that You did in their days, In the days of old” (Psalm 44:1).
“But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward” (Hebrews 10:32-35).
“Then He said to her, ‘Your sins have been forgiven’” (Luke 7:8).
“Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins” (Acts 10:43).
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account” (Romans 4:7-8).
“I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake” (1 John 2:12).
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).
“Now He said to them, ‘These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled’” (Luke 24:44).
“When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening” (Acts 28:23).
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
“Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]” (Matthew 6:9b-13).
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PRESENT
“If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:7).
“Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14).
“Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness” (Psalm 37:3).
“Depart from evil and do good, So you will abide forever” (Psalm 37:27).
“I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime” (Ecclesiastes 3:12).
“Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).
“But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me’” (Mark 14:6).
“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27).
“But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation” (Romans 2:5-8).
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Romans 6:9).
“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Galatians 6:10).
“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good” (2 Thessalonians 3:13).
“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16).
UNDERSTAND AND LOOK AHEAD TO YOUR FUTURE
“For they are a nation lacking in counsel, and there is no understanding in them. Would that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would discern their future!” (Deuteronomy 32:28-29).
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the Lord always. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Listen, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way” (Proverbs 23:17-19).
“Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 24:14).
“For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out” (Proverbs 24:20).
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future” (Proverbs 31:25).
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me” (John 17:22-23).
“Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed” (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).