It’s a meeting I will never forget: my friend and I were sitting over coffee and sandwiches when she started sharing hard parts of her story with me. Her tears flowed freely, and when she finished talking, she looked up at me with red, expectant eyes. In that moment, I felt as though time froze; I just sat there, staring back at her with nothing to say, nothing to console her with, nothing to give her solace.
I don’t remember much about the rest of the conversation. I know that grace met us there, but I will not forget the emptiness I felt having nothing to offer my hurting friend.
Have you ever been there? Had absolutely no words of comfort and no idea what to say? It takes wisdom in knowing when to say something and when to just be a listening ear. But, when there is something to say, what is it?
Your friend pours out their struggle with sin to you, Friend, no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. Take heart. You are not alone.
When you struggle believing that God is there and cares for you specifically, Self, He has clothed the lilies of the field and gives food for the sparrows, how much more does He love His child?
When your friend’s heart is grieved, God says, ‘I am your Helper and comforter in this very time.’ He is your deliverer. He will not let your foot be moved.
When you want to pray but don’t know what to say, Oh God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you, My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me…
Memorizing God’s Word gives us not only words of wisdom to share (again, sometimes we just need to be a listening ear!) but is an overflowing source of comfort, help, and insight in our everyday lives. Locking Scripture into my heart has strengthened me when I’ve been at my lowest of lows and has been a source of finding wisdom while raising my children. It’s helped me know how to fight the ever-prevalent sin in my life. It gives me tools to fight those spiritual battles that so easily can overtake me!
In different stages of my life, I’ve memorized scripture differently. As a high schooler, I used to memorize a short verse and wrote it down during the day whenever I could. As a college student, I memorized a verse or section of a verse weekly or monthly, writing them on small 3×5 cards to pull out while I was running, keeping rhythm with the verse.
As a mother of young children, I write verses on cards and hang them in the bathroom or kitchen (where I spend most of my time!). There are even many apps to use such as “Fighter Verse,” which my husband finds particularly useful.
It helps that this is a discipline I require of my four children as well. I use kid-friendly wording and write down their names and a corresponding verse on a piece of paper, which I then hang in our kitchen, and we recite the verses as a family after evening devotions. I cannot require of them what I cannot do myself!
When we memorize scripture, we have a larger well from which to draw. Sometimes I imagine myself in jail, being persecuted for my faith. Sitting there with no Bible available, what would I be able to remember from His Word? How could I comfort the fellow Christians with me? What would I say to myself in this time?
If memorizing the Bible seems like a bite too big to take, start small. Start by re-memorizing verses you did as a child. Start by memorizing one verse per month. Ask your friend or spouse to keep you accountable and have them ask you to recite the verse for them! A few good places to start are Psalm 1, or the Romans road, or finding a good kids’ CD with music to help learn verses. Singing verses is also memorizing.
God’s grace meets us where we are, and He knows what we can take in. He’s offered His Word as a letter of His love for His precious children. It’s where we meet Him, know Him, and understand His love for us more and more. His love that is deep and kind and steadfast. As you start step-by-step to learn it and let it sink into your heart, you will be blessed.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.