3 Verses to Spark Scripture Meditation
by Keith VenHuizen
Memorization. A word that can bring to mind none-to-pleasant memories of our school days when we tried to commit to memory all kinds of things. Multiplication tables and periodic tables. Vocabulary and spelling. Alegraic and Geometric formulas. The things we had to use our rote memory for in school were abundant.
I went to a Christian school during all of my elementary and middle school years. In seventh grade, we were required to memorize the entire book of James. It’s not an incredibly long book, but it was no Jude either. Every week we had to recite up to a certain verse in James for a grade, and almost every week I would sit at my desk trying to cram the verses in my head while other students went before me.
By the end of the year, I was able to recite all of James. Now, however, I can’t. Years without practice, and poor memorization techniques to begin with erasing from memory the text I had once recited in whole.
Not all is lost, however. Even to this day if a verse is quoted or mentioned, I can immediately identify it as from James. In addition, every now and then, a verse from James will pop into my mind.
I have found, over the years, that the best way to meditate on God’s Word is to memorize God’s Word. It doesn’t have to be large chunks like all of James. In fact, it is often just one verse, but as I am committing that one verse to memory, I find it constantly popping into my head throughout the day. If, like me, you aren’t sure where to begin with scripture memory, here are three verses that are, in my opinion, both easy to memorize and full of deep truth to meditate on.
I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in me and I in him produces much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.
This verse brings us back to our roots (pardon the pun). It is often easy to see fruit in our lives, or the lives of others and forget the fruit is ultimately from God. In addition, it reminds us of our own humanity. We are powerless in this world to accomplish anything apart from the power of God, and even Jesus admits that he can do nothing apart from the Father.
In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Short and sweet, this verse calls to mind the fact that we are not alone in this world. We belong to a body of believers, of which Christ is the head. It reminds us that there are over 50 commands in Scripture that deal with how to treat “one another” in the church. We are not intended to live this life in isolation. We ought to be connected to Jesus, but we also need to be connected to others.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Life is constantly changing. Nothing stays the same. But we have hope in an unchanging God. We know that no matter our circumstance, our Savior is a solid rock on which we stand. You can trust Him because he is trustworthy. Always has been, always will be. In addition, this verse reminds us to live in light of eternity. Our bodies are rapidly changing back into dust, but we have our hope in a different place. We are foreigners on this earth, our home is in eternity. Reminding ourselves that our souls are eternal help us deal with the temporary hurts and wants of this world.
Meditating on Scripture can bring joy to the most mundane of circumstances can impart hope at all times of the day. I find the most beneficial form of meditation in my life is Scripture memory. Often, people look at memorization as another task to do. Trying to memorize a verse a week. This is not my approach. My approach is to take a verse and memorize it until it is well chewed. I want it to not just be in my memory, but also in my heart. Sometimes this takes a week. Sometimes this takes a month. For me, these verses, while easy to memorize, took a while to fully mine the depth of their riches. So, while I may have had them memorized with my mind, I continued to use them as medicine for my soul.
My you find great joy in God’s Word this week!Categories: Topics in Theology