Let's Memorize Scripture!

If someone asks my mother her age, she will often look to my father to answer for her. Or she will answer with her birth year rather than her actual age. I used to find that odd until someone asked me my age, and I was embarrassed when I could not answer. I guess I take after my mother. Many of you may find that odd, but I suspect some of you can relate. I’ve always admired those of you who have strong memories.

Committing God’s Word to our heart is essential to the Christian life. Many years ago, I set the goal to memorize a full chapter of the Bible in a year. I was surprised it only took me 6 weeks to memorize Psalm 103. Upon completion, I did not feel accomplished or feel the need to celebrate. Instead, I felt total conviction. God was not impressed, and He spoke directly to my heart, “I want more of a commitment from you!”  The conviction led me to increase my goal to memorize an entire book of the Bible. I spent the rest of that year memorizing the book of James. It did not come easily nor was it natural for me. It took a lot of intentionality.  

The Bible is full of powerful reasons why we are to memorize Scripture. One of those reasons is that it allows us to experience victory over sin: “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119: 11) 

Just as Jesus triumphed over the temptation of Satan in the wilderness by speaking Scripture (Matthew 4), we too can triumph over temptation by quoting Scripture – and sometimes it’s a matter of saying it out loud to ourselves!  

Another important reason for memorizing Scripture is that it renews our mind and transforms our life (Romans 12:2). A mind that is renewed by being filled with God’s Word results in a life that is transformed.

Although all of the above are great reasons, my primary motivation for memorizing Scripture is because I believe God commands us to do so (Deut. 11:18). I may not be able to tell you what I had for dinner last night, but I am devoted to keeping God’s Word in my heart!  

What verse, chapter or book is God calling you to memorize?

By Gloria Stucky

Gloria and her husband, Steve, have been IBC members for years. They are empty nesters having fun getting reacquainted with country life and visits from their grandchildren, who call them G.G. and Papa.

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