Spending Time in Scripture when Life is Uncertain – Selected Scripture

Welcome to our COVID -19 Connection Series # 12  

   It snowed in North Idaho today! Winter going out like a lion. We can look forward to April showers and May flowers!

   Most of you have probably heard that the President’s 15 day Slow the Spread has now been pushed out through April 30th. What does this mean for you and me? What does this mean for our church? Well, as of now nothing will change – we will continue to meet online daily at 11:00 A.M., and at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday mornings. We will continue to stay in contact with each other through social media like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and now Zoom.

   Now, a word to the SLBC family. I would really like to encourage all of us to stay in contact with each other – use the church directory. Make a phone call. Pray with another church member – pray for each other’s family. Also will you keep your pastor and his family in prayer? I would greatly appreciate it.

   Women’s Online Bible Study – 20/20 books are available for pickup at the church. Please drop by between 9:00-4:00 P.M. You can Ring the Ring doorbell, and we will come and assist you.

   Let’s develop a Volunteers list: Should the need arise and you would like to volunteer to prepare and deliver meals let us know my going to slbc2u.com and use the connect with us on the bottom of our front page. Let’s be prepared should we be called upon.

Pause for Prayer

  • Tom Spann.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs.
  • Shut-in’s.
  • Chuck Morse – shoulder pain.
  • Emergency workers.
  • God would bring revival and an end to COVID-19.
  • Be with the sick, and those recovering.
  • Provide for the needs of God’s people.
  • Help us to be wise during these times.
  • Minister grace to the city of Spirit Lake.
  • Use Cup of Grace and Senior center – meals.

Our WORD from the Lord today comes from a wide selection of Scripture. I am going to title this devotional: Spending Time in Scripture when Life is Uncertain

   Each of us deals with times of uncertainty in life. They come in many shapes and sizes:

  • A financial crisis – loss of income due to COVID-19 and layoffs.
  • A medical diagnosis – something you didn’t want to hear.
  • The loss of a loved one – we have recently had that in our church family.
  • Uncertain days ahead of us – we don’t know about tomorrow. (Note: You didn’t know about tomorrow before the COVID-19 pandemic).
  • A broken relationship – young love, divorce, separation.
  • A natural disaster – we will probably see other things happening around the world.
  • Global panic – nations of people are afraid.
  • Betrayal by a friend – a friend walked out when you needed them the most.
  • A wayward child – a child decides to walk away from God, and make a bunch of wrong choices.
  • And so many others – anyone want to comment of other things that are uncertain about life? Leave your comments.

   Regardless of what shape these times of uncertainty take, they are enough to stir fear, worry, and anxiety in the heart – Let us be reminded of II Timothy 1:7

   Just the other day we talked about the need for a solid anchor (our time in the book of Hebrews). Well, when the seas get rough, we need to lower the anchor, and find some stability. God’s Word is this anchor.

   Psalms 119:105 reminds us too that God’s Word is a lamp to light our path in times of darkness. God’s Word is a great source for everything that pertains to life and godly living.

   Thank God for His HOLY Word in times of uncertainty.

   Because we know that we live in a fallen world, we know that not every day will be sunshine and bless. There will be storms, rain, hail, and many other types of hardships. In this world we will face persecution and problems. No one is exempt.

   Do you want some GOOD NEWS? God has not left us to fend for ourselves but has given us words of hope and the promise of His presence (Hebrews 13:5). When times are uncertain, we must cling to, rely on, and memorize the Scriptures (Joshua 1:8). Be in the Word/ Hold on to the Word/ Trust fully in the Word.

   Today I want to walk with you through some very encouraging Bible verses. I have 30, but I will only be sharing 15. I will make this a blog post and you will be able to download it and obtain all 30 verses. They will bless you, encourage you, comfort you, and provide assurance in the midst of these difficult days.  May God use this devotional to bless the socks right off your feet.

   Let the Word of God provide you peace in the midst of the storm, and light to see you through to the other side. Download handout for Scripture

  1. Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13
  1. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. – Psalm 118:6-7
  1. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
  1. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31
  2. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
  1. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6
  1. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7
  1. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4
  1. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; – Psalm 34:19
  1. But now, this is what the Lord says ÖFear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. – Isaiah 43:1
  1. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
  1. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
  1. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1
  1. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4
  1. The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. – Psalm 9:9
  1. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.- Psalm 16:8
  1. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. – Psalm 62:6
  1. You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. – Isaiah 26:3
  1. The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, – Nahum 1:7
  1. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:57
  1. For we live by faith, not by sight. – 1 Corinthians 5:7
  1. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. – 2 Thess-alonians 3:3
  1. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13
  1. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18
  1. But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. – Micah 7:7
  1. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
  1. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose – Romans 8:28
  1. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13
  1. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5
  1. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23

   What can you do with these 30 wonderful Bible verses? You can pray them back to God. You can use them to encourage others. They would make great social media posts. You can write them out and post them in key locations throughout your home. You can start a Bible memory program while you are self-quarantining. Yes, take some time to actually hide God’s Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11).

   Thanks for joining me today. I will speak with you again tomorrow Lord willing. Remember, walk with the King today and be a blessing. (Dr. Robert Cook)