Several Novembers ago, health issues with family members and pressures at work were weighing heavy on me. I drove to our church and went into the sanctuary to pray. I sat alone in this large, sacred place. Peace began to fill me as I talked with the Lord. I opened my Bible. Slowly I turned the pages…but the words did not draw me in. I closed my weary eyes and returned to praying for God’s comfort.
I heard the click of the sanctuary door. I looked up to see a friend walk in. She told me that the Lord prompted her to come and talk with me. This does not normally happen to me! She had my full attention. She began to read Psalm 121 to me. Tears rolled down my cheeks as she began, “I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” THIS was the passage God intended for me on that day. And, He brought someone to say it out loud to me! Amazing!
My friend’s presence in the sanctuary that day showed me how active and alive God’s Word is. The Lord spoke to me through the Bible to reveal His awareness of challenges in my life.
A life intricately woven with God’s Word is a life that reflects God’s presence. Reading, meditating, and memorizing Scripture immerse us in His plans and mission. In this way, we can grow closer to God.
In “normal” life, however, Word-woven days are often a moving target. Life gets busy. Our newsletter poll last month revealed equal responses from Soul Motive readers about memorizing scripture. The number of us who seek to commit verses to memory equaled those who do so only occasionally which also equaled those who do not memorize scripture at all. I am one who occasionally memorizes; and, I am one who unfortunately has the memory of a sieve.
Let’s seek to embrace the Word of God more fully!
From generation to generation, comfort and wisdom from the Bible have proven true. Passages shed light on decisions we encounter daily. On that difficult November day, I heard from God. I needed to just wait and look to Him. Things would all come to pass in His timing.
The Bible allows us to know the God of the universe. Mind-blowing! The Lord does indeed reveal Himself through the writers of the Scriptures. And, oh, we have so much we can learn about God and His promises, His actions, and His plans!
As we know God and His Word more, we gain confidence in His goodness and His wisdom. We become like the mighty oaks in Psalm 1, deeply rooted so as to withstand storms and crises.
Commit to studying God’s Word. Memorize it. Not just as knowledge for the mind but as food for the heart and soul. May we all grow more passionate about the Lord and his Word with each passing day!
Practical Tips and Tools
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Memorize Scripture. Download the scripture verse cards (here) from the seven themes of discipleship.