*Resolution 365 Update: Reason #1 Why I Want to Memorize Scripture*
I'm a daydreamer. I like to make up stories in my head. My dreams usually involve the future like wondering what Reuben will be like as a teenager, or wondering what life would be like if I had 12 kids. Other times I dream about things that are a little less likely to happen, like if I was a super hero or found out I was switched at birth (or maybe both and I have to go on a quest to find my super hero birth parents and save them from some sort of evil villain...).
Well recently, in one of these daydreams, I asked myself this question: if I was stranded on a deserted island without the Bible, would I be able to remember enough of the scripture to continue following God?
Now if you are one of those people who are trying to figure out how I ended up stranded on a deserted island, let me tell you. I along with several Christian friends were fleeing persecution and seeking asylum in a foreign country when our plane crashed in the ocean. We managed to swim to a beautiful island that was sadly without internet access and cell phone coverage. The few Bibles we were able to smuggle onto the plane were destroyed in the crash, and of course, our Bible apps wouldn't worked because our smartphones are all water logged. Hence, Christians (along with several other passengers) stranded on a deserted island with no Bibles.
Back to the question: would I as a tired, sore, emotionally and physically beaten Christian be able to remember enough scripture to maintain a living, working faith in Jesus Christ?
Of course I know what the Bible says, but I, along with my fellow believers, may be stranded for years without any spiritual input outside of what we already know to be true.
Would we be able to remember enough scripture to encourage each other in the faith? Would we be able to remember enough scripture to be able to write down some of those verses or even passages, so others could read them for themselves? And when non-Christians asked about our faith, would we be able to rely on the Word of God for answers?
Now, I know that the chances of being stranded on a deserted island are remote (although, I wouldn't mind a desserted island...can you imagine a chocolate waterfall!), but I think that we should consider the principle as it applies to real life, not just my daydreams.
Have you ever been talking to someone and an issue will come up that you know is addressed in scripture, but you just can't think of the verse, or if you remember a verse you can't remember where it's found? This happens to me...a lot. Sometimes I wish there was a pause button, and I could freeze the conversation and google the verse I'm thinking about.
However, the pause button only exists in my daydreams (sad day!). Memorizing scripture is the best way to make sure I can share with others what the Word of God actually says, because I want to be ready to apply God's Word to my life without having to stop and look up a reference.
So no, maybe I won't ever need use my memory verses on a deserted island, but if I apply myself, I'm pretty sure I can find plenty of opportunities to use God's Word in real life. That's probably better anyway.