When I was younger, I would find random Bible verses in the Bible, write them down on a piece of paper, and tape it to my bedroom wall. I remember writing with red ink, using fancy scissors that cut in patterns to cut them out, and continued to never actually look at the verse again once I put it up on the wall. I wanted the Word to be all over the place.
This fall, Evan & I are teaching our 7th & 8th grade class a different Bible verse each week for them to memorize. We’re trying to instill the wisdom that hiding the Word of God in our hearts is a strong, worthy thing to do. It is a double-edged sword, and having it in our minds and hearts is like no other weapon against evil; it slices through it like butter.
Reading my Bible comes and goes in seasons. Sometimes it comes so naturally and easily that getting to my Bible each day is easy. I don’t push it off. I don’t struggle to hear the words and hide them in my soul. Other times I get to the Bible and wonder what the heck I’m even doing. The evil one knows how to make doubt an easy reason to ignore the verses, so he uses it against me. And sometimes the circumstances of my day become these giants that fight my intention for making every day for God’s glory.
Friends, whatever way you make it to the Word doesn’t matter, just as long as you get there. Find what you need to get the Word in your soul and hide it there. On days when getting the Word feels like a battle, you can remind yourself that it is the two-edged sword that God so promised, alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). You can give yourself grace because nothing in this world can separate you from the love of God, even if you’re struggling (Romans 8:38-39). You can know that your King is the king He said he is. We read His Word to be filled to the brim with the knowledge of His great and endless promises.
I’ve recently had the opportunity to use an Alphabet of Praise Scripture Card set from Scriptionery that has brought such a great dynamic to my daily study of the Word. It’s a set of praises organized by the letters of the alphabet found in scripture. I use them to remind myself of why I praise God, reasons for praising Him regardless of myself, and giving myself room to remember to praise Him, which is crucial when I spend a lot of time praying for myself and others. Plus they’re beautiful to look at!
I’m also excited to begin using the A to Z Scripture Memory Cards, not just for me, but also for my oldest son. It’s an invaluable resource that will serve us well in the years to come.
If you’re worried that you’re not doing enough to read the Bible, today is the perfect day to start. You don’t have to have everything figured out for the Bible to apply to you. You don’t even have to “study” it. Just read it, friend! It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it (Isaiah 55:11).
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