Do you memorize Scripture? My children attended a Christian school their first couple of years of school and the students were required to memorize Scripture. I can still see him rocking back and forth on his heels as he declared: “A- All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23.” He was so proud.
This past weekend a friend and I were talking about trying to memorize Scripture and how we don’t do it enough. The Lord took me to Deuteronomy 6:1-11. Thankfully, He wasn’t asking me memorize it at the moment; however, He was drawing my attention to what He wants us to do with His Word.
In verses 6:6-9, we’re challenged to make the Word of God an active part of our lives. “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
The Lord doesn’t give us His Word just to read during church on Sunday or during Wednesday night Bible study. We are to spend time in the Word until it takes root in our hearts. That doesn’t happen by reading it one or two days a week. We are to impress the Word upon our children. We can’t share what we don’t know. The Word of God is to be part of our regular, daily conversation with those we encounter. It is to be our standard for living. When we lie down and when we get up, we have the opportunity to pray the Word of God or to choose a nugget of gold from the treasure chest of His Word to chew on throughout our day.
Orthodox Jews literally tie the Word of God to their foreheads. The “Tephillin” are two small cube-like boxes made of leather with long straps to attach them to the forehead. They contain passages of Scripture about the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt into the Promised Land.
While Orthodox Jews strap the Word of God onto their heads physically, we can bind the Word of God to our minds through in-depth study and daily application of it so it is in the forefront of our minds, ready to pull from at a moment’s notice.
God never intended for us to memorize Scripture so we could rattle it off on cue to impress others. His desire is that we study it until we learn it, then begin living it. The Word is intended to become such a part of us it impacts ever decision we make, every action we take and every word we speak.
How does the Word of God impact your life today? Whether you can quote an entire book of the Bible or have trouble recalling John 3:16, there is opportunity for you to grow? The Word is really good for any day ending in the letter -y, so why not start today?
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