A few days ago, though, I was having my devotional and thought of something. All this time I was helping Sunday School children learn Bible verses by memory and was amazed at the result of growth of the children. After thinking about what a great idea it was to implement this new exercise in our Sunday School routine, I realized that I hadn't been memorizing much lately. God led me to a verse I had read many times before:
I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
When I was younger, I was faithful to memorize anywhere from 3-5 verses a week. Now, it had been a while since I consistently did that. I had my quiet times just about every morning, but I had stopped memorizing Scripture. Every once in a while, I'd take a passage and learn it, but it wasn't a priority. I was upset at myself for my forgetfulness and undedication to this. As I've been thinking about it, I keep thinking of stories of people who needed the Word hidden in their heart.
I think of missionaries like some friends of my father's. They are in Saudi Arabia and starting an underground church. They have no Bible, though. They rely on their memorized Scripture to be able to get them through day by day. As they await a Bible, the father of the family gives sermons to the people with the passages he memorized while here in the United States.
I think of the elderly like Billy Graham who say they've become too old to read by themselves. They need someone to read the Bible to them and ask people to do so whenever possible. However, when people are not available during the day, or when they awaken in the middle of the night in need of comfort, they turn to their memory to recite Scripture.
I want to be able to know enough Scripture by memory, that if I ever become a missionary, I can rely on my memory and God's help to know His Word. When I get old, I want to know enough Scripture that if I'm not able to read anymore, I'd be able to remember everything I memorized over the years. And I want to hide God's Word in my heart that I would always remember it. That when I'm in a situation or have a problem, that I can turn to the passages I've memorized to guide me, no matter where I am.
What are your thoughts?
Are you consistent in memorizing Scripture? Any ways to memorize faster or easier?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!