When I first started studying the Bible, I was amazed by
those people who could recite scripture verses from memory in all kinds of
situations. I was astounded when my pastor could be right in the middle of a
sermon on the book of Matthew, and then quickly pull in a verse from Isaiah
without having to turn to that page in the Bible.
How did they do that?
Was it because they had been studying longer and harder than
Yet, as I kept studying over time, I found that I could
usually remember pieces of verses, or
maybe the main ideas of certain passages, but I was far from being able to
quote anything word for word. And I was only successful in knowing where to actually find those passages
about half the time.
But I wanted more.
I wanted to be able to know God’s word so well, to have it
ingrained in my heart and mind so deeply, that I wouldn’t need to look it up
when I needed it, because it would already be there.
Look at it this way.
When I go to my doctor and describe my symptoms, I expect
her to know (or at least have an idea) of a diagnosis and course of treatment.
I expect her to have enough knowledge of the human body in her memory that when
I tell her what’s wrong she’s not going in the next room to ask Alexa or Google
what’s wrong with me and how to fix it.
In the same way, when I find myself in a sad or scary or
worrisome situation, I’d much rather be able to know what God says about it
than to start frantically searching my Bible index for help.
So how was I supposed to do it?
I consider myself a fairly smart woman, and yet for a long
time I just assumed that memorizing scripture was beyond me. It was a skill I
didn’t possess and wouldn’t be able to learn without a lot of work. And yet, if
I’m honest, I have to admit that if I can recite every word of Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice (don’t
judge), and if I can quote entire scenes from the movie The Sandlot, why would memorizing the word of God be beyond my
scope? Why can’t I memorize it?
And why can’t you??
I’ve written a devotional that will take you on a four-week journey, day by day, through a process that will help internalize scriptures that will not only align you with God’s will, but comfort and assist you in times of struggle.
When it comes to memorizing anything, you are much more
effective at it when you make a conscious effort to do it. Repetition is a key
part of the process, as well as making personal links and associations to the
information you are trying to retain. Each week will focus on one to two
verses, and will give you a reference point for where they are found in the
bible, practical ways and methods to memorize and internalize the verses
throughout the week, as well as help to apply them to situations and people in
How does it work?
If you’d like to give it a try, I’d love for you to sign up
below. You’ll get an email from me each day for four weeks that will give the
verse we’re working on, background and context of the scripture, ways to apply
God’s Word to your life, and tips to help you in your memorization.
Sandra Samoska is a writer with a love for Jesus and a love for family. When she's not chasing around her four kids and doing all the things, you can find her writing about the ways God shows up in our every day lives.