We just completed another year of Bible Quizzing with our kids and our church family. What is Bible Quizzing you may ask? It is an amazingly fun way for our kids to get His word hid in their hearts. It is time studying, fellowship, and experiencing His word in our daily lives. It’s powerful stuff I tell you!
We have been doing this for a number of years now and it continues to amaze me all that my kids can recall from years past. Every year there is something new and sometimes it’s one book while other times it’s a compilation of many. But every year, at the very end, there is a change. We have learned something from the time spent on that verse or chapter or book. We have gone so much deeper than we had imagined we could.
I believe very strongly in the value of scripture memorization. I think it is integral to our walk with Christ. We need to know His word for ourselves. We need to pray it and sing it and meditate upon it. No matter what age it is so important for us to have regular times of Bible study and scripture memorization is a great addition to that. With so many challenges to face in the world, we need to be ready to give that answer to everyone who asks us why we have such Hope in us. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is given for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. We cannot minister to others, we cannot grow in God, if we do not know the scriptures.
God promises to bless those who are obedient to His word; we cannot be obedient to what we do not know. God blesses us when we take time for His Word. In fact there are promises just for those who do this!
Joshua 1:8 says “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
More than anything I want my children to grow up living for God with all of their heart and mind and soul. It is said that we are to “train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it”. Scripture memorization speaks to that very thing. Once they have that scripture in their hearts and their minds, it’s there forever. Having His Word within is powerful in times of temptation or struggle. It’s a comfort and peace.
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.”
It’s about more than just obedience; it’s about our children understanding for themselves what the Bible says. If His world is in their hearts when those challenges arise, they will know, without a doubt, what the Lord would have them to do.
As we learn each verse, we gain a greater understanding of what it means and how it applies to us directly. This is God working in us. As we recite each verse, we are changing within. We are being prepared too. Prepared for those times when life happens – what will we do when confronted with an angry individual or being tempted to sin, but having the Word stored up within, we are less likely to sin. God is with us and when a trial comes our way we are so much more prepared to overcome for knowing His Word.
According to Deuteronomy 6:4-9 we are to teach His Word to our children, talk about it wherever we go, and make it a part of every aspect of our lives. Again, scripture is powerful – it can renew us and transform us but we need to know it.
Philippians 4:8 says: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
When we are memorizing scripture we are thinking on these things as God commands us.
The more we know the Word of God the easier it is to be obedient to it. What freedom it is that comes from the assurance we can have, knowing what His word says and then being obedient to it (John 8:31-32; 14:21). Romans 12:2 says that when we renew our minds and are transformed, we will be able to “discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” There is such precious and priceless wisdom to be found within this one book; a wisdom that really is transforming. Encouraging our children to memorize the scriptures is a powerful way to make sure they have that wisdom for themselves always.
As we learn His word we grow closer to Him; we gain a deeper understanding of Him and stronger relationship. We also make it that much easier to hear His voice and know His truth for ourselves and our life.
Who doesn’t want to have a better understanding of God and His perfect will for their life? Or for our children’s lives?
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