The Importance of Knowing God’s Word
As children in grade school we can all remember studying for spelling tests. There were flash cards, reciting out loud and even writing long lists. You probably even heard a teacher say you’re going to have to know it by heart.
When you first learn to spell you begin with memorization, which leads to understanding context and eventually using that word with confidence. It starts small, but grows because knowing something by heart is really much more complex, rich and fruitful.
We can approach the Bible in this same way by memorizing God’s word. As you memorize scripture, God will peel back the layers of understanding by giving you context, wisdom and practical application for your life.
One of the most effective ways to memorize scriptures is through repetition. Consider using flash cards or post-it notes and place these visual reminders on your bathroom mirror, refrigerator or desk at work. With a humble heart, James prompts us to, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Memorizing scripture is a simple yet powerful way to draw near to the Lord. It allows us to humbly invite God to reveal Himself to us more intimately, while equipping us with the truth we need to navigate everyday life.
Jesus Himself even recognized the importance of knowing God’s word by heart and quoted numerous books of the Old Testament. When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus recited scripture from memory and Satan was immediately cast away. Our God is so loving, so gracious and so kind that he shows us through Jesus the power of equipping ourselves with the Word. If we allow it, memorizing God’s word will continually shape, stretch, comfort and challenge us as we live out our God-given purpose.
Take some time to find one scripture that speaks to you this week. Maybe it’s one that challenges you or even one that will help you to stand firm against something you are facing. As you diligently seek God through memorizing his word, you will grow in faith. (Hebrews 11:6).
What will you memorize this week?
Thank you for reading,