I can think of several really logical reasons to NOT memorize Scripture. For instance, I have dozens of full translations at my fingertips all the time with the handy Bible app for my phone. And it never forgets. Plus, life is busy and Scripture memory takes time and effort. I can quickly search for and find any passage or verse I need.
You’ve probably thought along the same lines. But give me a chance to convince you – and remind myself – that memorizing Scripture is more than worth the effort.
There’s a drastic difference between having easy access to Scripture and making it a permanent part of you. Memorizing God’s Word solidly entrenches His truth in your heart and mind in a way that simply reading it or searching for a specific verse cannot. When His truth is firmly planted in you, its roots can stretch out everywhere. Then God can use its presence to minister to you in very powerful and personal ways.
Here are six ways God can work in your life through His implanted Word:
- Provide you comfort, encouragement, peace, and strength (Col 3:15-16; Ps 1:1-3; 119:28)
- Give you guidance and wisdom (Psalm 37:31; Psalm 119:24, 98, 105)
- Transform you spiritually (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 2:2)
- Equip you for evangelism (1 Peter 3:15; Acts 18:28)
- Fill you with joy (Psalm 119:24, 47, 103; James 1:21-25)
- Strengthen you against temptation (Psalm 119:11)
Are you ready to start memorizing? Here are some other resources to help you get started:
- Check out this post for 7 general Scripture memorization tips.
- Check out this post for 7 fun activities to make the memorization process easier.
- Browse the Scripture memory plans on the Free Resources page.
Which of these six ways encourages you most to want to memorize Scripture? Why?