Haven’t you been so blessed by Anna Marie’s series on Scripture Memory? If you missed any, here are Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. The following post is a huge inspiration of long-term Bible memory faithfulness.
We recently had some longtime friends of Gigi and Grandad’s over for dinner. These dear saints spent many, many years distributing thousands of Bibles with the Gideons, and their love for God and His Word radiates from them. When the topic of Scripture memory came up, Mr. H. pulled from his pocket several well-worn pages containing a hand-written reference list of the hundreds of Bible passages he has memorized over the years. He told us anytime a verse really spoke to him in his morning time with the Lord, he would memorize it and add it to his list. Every day he reviews several verses on his list. It was such an amazing testimony to see how he has treasured God’s Word, how it is “nigh him, even in his mouth and in his heart,” and how it truly has transformed him over the years to be more and more like Jesus Christ.
I hope you have elderly saints who live near your family who have been memorizing over the years and who you can hold up to your children as good examples to inspire them in memorizing God’s Word—yet I fear such godly examples may be rare.
At the same time, parents, I wonder if this is the habit of our own lives? Are we consistently memorizing verses, keeping track of the ones we have learned, and regularly reviewing them? It will be hard to inspire our children to memorize and live Scripture if we are not.
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15
May each of us approach the end of our lives with a long, well-loved, and dog-eared list of Bible verses that we have memorized and meditated upon over the years.
God bless you,
“But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and
in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.” Deuteronomy 30:14