Scripture Memory = Castor Oil
Scripture Memory = Jogging barefoot up Mt. McKinley with 100 rocks in your back pack
Scripture Memory = Flossing your teeth
There is no command in Scripture to memorize God’s word. But it is clear that memorization furnishes us with:
Tools for effective service : “The Scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God, and fit him fully for all branches of his work.” (II Tim. 3:17, Phillips) (Ever hear someone say, ” Well, somewhere in the Bible it says…”)
Victory over temptation : When faced with Satan’s on slants, Christ immediately and effectively quotes Scripture: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God’…Then the devil left Him…” (Matt. 4:4,7,10,11).
Obedience to God, and success in life : “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.” (Jos. 1:8) +
Living with Christ in a victorious fashion without gaining command of the Scriptures is like:
Typing with arthritic feet
with wool socks on
60 feet underwater – in ice cold sewage
while choking on a clogged air hose…that leaks
as someone shoots at you with a poisonous spear gun
So… what are you waiting for? get going on your scripture memory!
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
R. Dwight Hill
+ I am suggesting that meditation of Scripture is forcefully facilitated through the process of memorization
* Originally dated Feb. 7th, 1994