Why should I memorize Scripture?
There a several really great reasons to take the time to memorize God’s Word.
It strengthens our relationship with God. Memorizing portions of Scripture requires us to spend a lot of time thinking about that portion. We review it over and over to get it firmly planted in our minds. What we may not realize is that when doing this, we are rehearsing the truths and promises of God as well as learning more about God’s character. When memorizing verses, collecting building blocks for prayer. In his book Praying the Bible, Don Whitney teaches and encourages the believer to pray the words of God back to him. Seriously, how many times have you sat in silence stuck in prayer because you have no words, this is the perfect time to whip out a passage of memorized Scripture and “shamelessly plagiarize God” as my pastor says.
It assists you in everyday life. The Bible is full of verses that speak to pretty much every circumstance you will face. Worried? There are verses for that. Grieving? There are verses for that. Tempted? God’s provision of escape is found in His Word Fill with joy and excitement? Entire chapters devoted to the praise and glorification of God. Basically, God has provided a plethora of verses to encourage, edify, convict, and comfort you in every circumstance you face, all the while bringing glory to Himself!
Excuses for not Memorizing
So after all that, why don’t more people take the time to memorize Scripture.
They are overwhelmed. Some get don’t know where they should start so they don’t start at all. If that’s you, I encourage you to keep this in mind, any and every portion of Scripture is worth memorizing. It can be as big as an entire chapter of the Bible, or as small as a verse from your daily devotional or Bible reading. The key to overcoming this excuse is to stop overthinking and jump right in.
They don’t know how. Not knowing the “best method” can be a big hang up. But keep this in mind, it doesn’t have to be the “best method” or the most popular one. It does need to be one that works for you. They way you find this is by trial and error. Some, like myself, find it helpful to write out the verse on notecards and pull them out to learn and review. Others write out the verse they are learning on a whiteboard or mirror, some place they see frequently. Others choose to use apps on their phone or tablet to work through and review verses. One I tried for a while is called Scripture Typer. I love the way it helps you work through the verse and keeps a review schedule for you. I know it’s available on android but I’m not sure about iphone.
They don’t think they can. This is probably the excuse that holds the most people back. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the “I don’t have a great memory” comment. I can’t fully speak to this as I have been blessed with the ability to easily memorize verses. But do know this. If you hear something enough times, you will be able to remember it. The key to breaking free from this excuse is to remember that no matter what method of memorization you choose, you have to review and repeat often to keep it locked away in your mind.
Challenge for 2020
Maybe you don’t struggle with any of the aforementioned excuses. Maybe your issue is, you start off strong but then taper off as time goes on.You struggle to stay one track. Maybe what you need is an accountability partner.
I would love for you to join me this year as I attempt to memorize a chapter of the Bible. I did this last your with Isaiah 53. That chapter was easy to break down as it was one verse a month. I love this method because it gives me direction and I don’t need to wrestle with the question “What do I memorize next?”
Here is the Challenge:
Memorize 1 Corinthians 13. This is a fairly well know chapter. I personally learned it in high school but am rather rusty on it. But I pick this chapter for a couple of reasons: 1) It has 13 verses. Even though we are starting in the second month of the year, learning this chapter in 11 months is totally doable. 2) I’ve learned over the last couple of years that it applies perfectly, not just to our marriages, but to our parenting as well.
THERE ARE NONE. Just break down the chapter however you need to in order to learn the whole thing bu December 31st.
For your convenience, I have created printable memory cards for you. They are 3×5 so you should be able to put them anywhere. You can print multiple copies and have a house set and an “on the go” set. I’ve also created an 8×11 print out of the entire chapter for you to hang in your home or office. If you would like to have these, just send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line VERSES. (This will add you to my email list. You may unsubscribe at anytime by simply sending another email with the subject UNSUBSCRIBE.)
Remember, these resources are completely optional. You do not have to print them out to be a part of the challenge. Just leave a comment to let me know you’re in and come join me over on my facebook page, Motherhood Unfiltered, where I’ll be doing monthly updates.
Hope you will join we as I work to grow closer to the Lord through the memorization of His Word.