I have a confession to make. I’m really struggling with the memory thing this year. Of the four verses I’ve chosen this far, I’ve only fully committed one to memory. I sincerely want to memorize these verses, but my brain keeps getting distracted by other things.
To fix this, I’m going to spend the rest of the year memorizing a passage from God’s Word, adding one new verse from the passage every other week. I’m thinking the continuity factor, one verse attached to another to another, will help me keep up.
The passage I’ve chosen is Matthew 7:7-29. There are 22 verses in this passage. I only need 20, but I already have the first two mostly memorized, so they won’t count toward my grand total for the year. Of course, I’ll keep working on the four verses I chose in January and February. I will memorize them.
Matthew 7 is part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Verses 7 and 8 say, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” In the following four verses, Jesus uses a simple analogy to help us understand why we can trust God to give us the good things we need and how we are to act in response:
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
God, the perfect Father, loves us, His children, even more than good parents love their children. Even good parents are flawed, yet they provide the things their children need to the best of their ability. God is not flawed, and He is more than able to provide. Therefore we can trust Him. We can go to Him at any time and ask for what we need. (And then, because He is perfect, we can trust His answer. If He says no, there is a reason—a reason that will ultimately work out for our good. We know this because God loves us. We are His children.)
I’ll be memorizing verse 9 as Siesta Scripture Memory Team, Verse #5: “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”
What verses are you memorizing right now?