Burn to Memory is our special section focused on Scripture to memorize. Pin them, print them or make them your smartphone or tablet background.
Why is memorizing Scripture so important? What’s in your heart comes out at the moments when it is needed. (And if what’s in there isn’t good, it’ll come out even when you don’t want it to!)
I’ll give you a quick story:
A few years ago, I went on a lake outing with some co-workers and had an opportunity to ride a jet ski. I’d ridden before, though never alone. I stepped off the dock and onto the watercraft with nonchalance: I really wasn’t worried about this.
After slowly clearing the cove, I shot toward open water as fast as I could handle. Without looking back. I stopped in front of a small island with notably dead trees to decide where I wanted to go next. I glanced back over my shoulder and couldn’t tell which cove housed our dock. They all looked the same. Fear struck me immediately, but I dismissed it and went back the way I thought I came. No dice. You know how sometimes you get lost in a place where nothing looks familiar? Yeah well, this was a time when everything looked familiar. Lake houses and docks have a shocking lack of creative differences.
I decided the smartest thing to do would be to head back to the island of dead trees, since that was a point I had marked in my mind. At this point, panic was about to set in as I realized a) I didn’t have my cell phone b) even if I could get someone at a neighboring lake house to answer the door, I didn’t know any of my co-workers’ cell phone numbers by heart and c) I couldn’t call our office for help since everyone was at the lake with me!
But in that moment, when I realized I could be trapped on the lake in the hot sun–did I mention this trip was during the work week and there was no one on the lake–or I could be stuck trying to secure the help of strangers to get back to the house on–oh wait, I didn’t know the house’s address either–a verse from Scripture moved from my heart to my head in a moment of need:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
I quoted it over and over again, softly and then louder. I calmed down. I trusted God would get me back where I needed to be.
At that moment, He reminded me of a specific tree on the dead island I had seen from the top deck of our dock. It had been directly in front of me as I lounged. I drove around the island until I spotted the unmistakable tree and took a straight path back to our dock.
Knowing Scripture matters. It will come out of your mouth when a lost friend needs encouragement, when a stranger needs help and when you don’t have an answer for the problem you’re facing.
I hope these pretty illustrations will help you remember more of God’s Word and empower your life with its promises.