As we look at memorizing Scripture, I will have to admit that memorizing words for the sake of words is of no value. But Bible verses are not just words. They are the Words of God. We may not fully understand every verse we memorize, but the act of learning it pins it to our short-term memories. From our short-term memory, it can filter into our long-term brain cells. From there it sinks into our subconscious minds and then it can be brought to our minds in the background even when you don’t even intentionally mean to do it. I just had the thought that if you were to get in a terrible accident and go into a coma, then your mind will be in a state of deep unconsciousness that lasts for an indefinite period of time. It is there that your subconscious can feed your brain with these ponderings. Praise the Lord that the subconscious can also do its work in our sleep. So what are you feeding your subconscious? The answer is whatever you saturate and ponder on. To that I say, let it be the Word of God. That is the power of memorization. Just think, you have the opportunity to memorize the most potent words in the entire universe.
Think of it this way – when you memorize a word, phrase, line, or verse from God’s Word, it’s like implanting a powerful radioactive speck of the very mind of God into our own finite brains. As we memorize, the Word of God is being planted in the crevices of our soul to be used for the glory of God. When we do all of that, we are doing what the Apostle Paul says in Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I pray that God will lay a verse on your heart that you will know through and through. Ask the Lord to transform your thinking and give you an opportunity to live out His Words.
My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:1-3
May the God of peace fill your hearts and minds with His powerful words today and prepare you as we gather to worship on Sunday and continue our series, “Embracing Exile.”
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene