Each week we have a meeting that includes all of our church staff and one of us will share a brief devotional. Last week our devotion was done via FaceTime by Ruffin and at one point, he had Pastor Doug recite Nahum 1:7; “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.” Ruffin said something after this that stuck with me. He called that a faith building verse. Hearing that did two things for me:
First, it convicted me of my recent slack in scripture memory. Several years ago I began memorizing Scripture each week. I did that with some friends for a while and eventually it just became a part of my personal quiet times with the Lord. That one statement from Ruffin’s devotion convicted me and challenged me to get serious about Scripture memory again.
Second, it prompted me to encourage others to pick up, or maybe resume, this great spiritual discipline. I’ve shared many times about the reasons and benefits for memorizing God’s Word and won’t take the time to do that again at this time. Instead, I want to give you a few suggestions on what to start memorizing. I talked with Ruffin and we have come up with twelve passages of Scripture. Some of these verse are those “faith building” verses that Ruffin referenced in his devotion last week. Others are quite appropriate for the times we find ourselves in currently.
I’m going to include six passages in this post and six more in a few days. Maybe you make it your goal to memorize all of them or maybe you just pick a few that jump out at you. Either way, I pray that you’ll make Scripture memory a regular part of your walk with Jesus. We’ve all got some extra free time these days – how will you use yours?
- The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. – Nahum 1:7
- The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23
- So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:17
- Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant. – 1 Kings 8:56
- If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. – James 1:5-8
- Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1