I love your Instruction! I think about it constantly.
Your word is so pleasing to my taste buds— it’s sweeter than honey in my mouth! I’m studying your precepts—that’s why I hate every false path. Your word is a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey.
When I was growing up, memorizing Scripture was a regular part of my life. At Sunday school, VBS, and church camp we were given memory verses, usually one or two sentences from Scripture, that we had to memorize before the next session, when we would recite them in front of our peers (with help and encouragement if needed!). I didn’t realize at the time how important and reassuring knowing these verses would be to me later in life. Even if I can’t recite them word-for-word anymore, I still know and feel their messages of love and hope.
As I got older and read more of the Bible on a regular basis, I began to see these individual verses in the larger context of passages, chapters, and books. (This has been even more true since the first time I participated in a Disciple Bible Study!) Knowing the individual verses is a treasure, but reading and studying the context has enabled me see the big picture more clearly and has helped me grow in my faith more fully.
One of my favorite verses, one I memorized at church camp in high school, is 1 Timothy 4:12:
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
I love that I can use this single verse in prayer and ask God to help me be an example to others, just as Timothy was (and despite the fact that I’m not so “young” anymore!). Reading all of 1 and 2 Timothy has given me more context, though, for that verse. I better understand why Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, and it gives me a wider framework for how to be an example.
No matter where we are in our faith, there is always room to grow. Whether we’re reading single verses or diving in deep to study and re-read whole books of the Bible, each time we study we have the opportunity to discover new insights and make new connections with God.
We are all on different paths and different places on this journey of knowing, loving, and serving you. Guide us as we read Scripture. Open our hearts and our minds to hear you speaking to us.
Draw us closer to you and help us to love you and others more fully.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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