Young people today are involved in many worthwhile endeavors. Some play sports, others study the sciences, and others serve in their community.
This weekend three church’s came together to observe their young people participate in Bible quizzing. The questions would be taken from Matthew 15-28. The process consisted of studying all the chapters, understanding who, what, when, where, why, of each chapter, and then committing to memory each chapter. So instead of just memorizing verses, they were hiding God’s word in their hearts.
Many of these young people have been part of the Bible quizzing for many years. In the three previous years they studied Matthew 1-14, and the Book of Acts, 15-28 and 1-14.
It was very impressive how well prepared all the teams were.
So why should believers memorize Scripture?
- IT IS PROFITABLE All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- OVERCOME SIN Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:9-11)
- IT CONVERTS THE SOUL The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. (Psalm19:7-8)
- IT PROSPERS AND GIVES GOOD SUCCESS Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:7-8)
So what are we doing in this area of memorizing Scripture? There are many benefits to knowing God. We should all be hiding the word of God in our hearts.
Our young people should be congratulated for all their hard work. May we as adults be challenged to memorize God’s word.
Have a blessed day.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001