Cheesy songs and sticky notes

18 Aug

I struggle to remember birthdays and dates. I’ve not got myself into serious trouble yet but there’s always time! Telephone numbers, pin codes and anniversaries – it’s good to be able to recall them at that exact moment you need them. Failure may result in finding yourself red faced at the end of the checkout queue or hurriedly Googling ‘fathers day’ dates (you just missed it by the way).

But what about bible verses? My childhood is filled with memories of Sunday school where we sang verses in the hopes that we would remember them for the next week – fueled by the promise of sweeties!

So that was then, but how about now? How often do we make a conscious note to remember a verse? Keeping them close to our hearts and ready to be accessed when we need it in a wobbly moment, in a text of encouragement to a friend or in prayer?

There are many verses that encourage us in memorising scripture, and emphasise the importance of doing so. In Colossians 3:16 (NIV), Paul tells the church to ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom’. He is promising that if we dwell on God’s word, the Holy Spirit will bring it to mind at the appropriate time. The more we know, the more we can recall!

God word was written for us, and we were made to require the insight and wisdom it offers. Romans 15:4 (NIV) says that ‘everything that was written in the past was written top teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the scriptures and the encouragement they provide, we might have hope’. The bible is there to give us hope, guidance, counsel, renewal and joy. The more we read, meditate and know it, the closer we will be to God.

These are just two reasons among many as to why we should be memorising scripture. So, grab a bible, find a verse that jumps out at you and memorise it in whatever way is best for you – cheesy songs or bright pink sticky notes!

Here’s a good one to begin with

‘The Lord will keep you from all harm. He will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore’. Psalm 121:7-8

 

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