Good Intentions of Memorizing Scripture

Do you actively memorize Scripture? 

If not, why not? 

I know it’s hard. It takes planning, concentrated effort, and discipline to practice faithfully. It requires being intentional — because you aren’t going to wake up some morning and suddenly have whole books of the Bible memorized, or even whole chapters. Memorizing takes work — and you won’t work at it, unless you plan to work at it.

I was going to write more about the importance of memorizing Scripture, because there are so many great reasons to hide God’s Word in our hearts. It keeps us from sin, it guides us in making decisions or offering counsel to others, it returns to mind when we need it most… and the list goes on. {For even more reasons to memorize, read this.}

But here’s the thing… I think we all know those reasons, or at least have some vague idea of why memorizing Scripture is so beneficial. And most of us have great intentions of doing it. Yet so many of us never actually get past those good intentions. 

Just having good intentions isn’t enough!

That old quote comes to mind: “The path to hell is paved with good intentions.” It’s true, because mere good intentions don’t get you anywhere beyond where you already are. They don’t improve your life — in fact, they don’t really help you in any way.

Good intentions won’t help you remember Scripture in the moment you need it to witness to your neighbor, or counsel your child, or comfort your friend. Good intentions won’t help you remember Scripture when you’re fighting against the pull of temptation, and need something to help you resist.

Good intentions won’t help you remember Scripture that you never spent time actually learning. tweet this

I’m writing this to myself, too. I know it’s important to memorize Scripture. I want to memorize it. But the actual work of reviewing passages every day, and repeating new passages until they embed themselves in my heart and mind, doesn’t happen as often as it should. Honestly, there are long stretches of time where it doesn’t happen at all. And that’s to my shame.

But I want to change that — and I want to make it past simply having “good intentions.”

Who’s with me?

Memorizing Scripture

Here’s a few questions to help you push past the road of mere intentions:

  • Do you have a plan for what to memorize, and when you want to learn it by? You know what they say — failing to plan is planning to fail.
  • Are you willing to push past your pre-conceptions of thinking you “can’t” memorize?  You’re not on your own with this — the Holy Spirit will help you as you discipline yourself to learn His Word.
  • How much time are you willing to spend working on it each day? Even 5 minutes a day will help you store God’s Word in your long-term memory.
  • Are you willing to spend money on memory aids like phone apps, workbooks, or verse cards? There’s a lot out there, and none of it is very expensive.
  • Have you ever considered finding an accountability partner, specifically for Scripture memory? For me, accountability is key to pursuing any spiritual discipline!
  • What else do you think might be stopping you from making progress in this area? 

P.S. If you’re ready to do something about it, but need help choosing a passage… check out Do Not Depart’s challenge to memorize John 15 over the summer!

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4 thoughts on “Good Intentions of Memorizing Scripture

  1. Hmm…this is the second post in a row I’ve just read about intentionality. Maybe God is trying to tell me something? 🙂

    Love this: “Good intentions won’t help you remember Scripture that you never spent time actually learning.” Truth! So glad that you’re a part of our group. I’m praying Jesus really embeds his love deeper into us through John 15.

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I’m looking forward to learning more about John 15 – both head knowledge and heart knowledge!

  2. Such a great reminder. So easy to read the Word without remembering it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes, it is far too easy!

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