The ‘Foolish’ Method To Scripture Memorization That Works

My 17-year-old son just got back from Camp Barakel in Fairview, MI.  He said the preacher was absolutely amazing simply because he had so much Scripture memorized.  The man gave a sermon on the weapons of spiritual warfare and my son said it was mostly Scripture, the man simply tied the passages together logically in his sermon.  The man never had to read the Scripture, it was all in the man’s head; this unnatural ability completely astonished my son and greatly motivated him to listen and take notes.

This preacher said that there was a time he deeply wanted to memorize Scripture, but just couldn’t.  He’d ask his wife to help him study and he’d have a hard time getting the first word out.  Then he prayed hard and much about the matter, for about a month.  The man testified that the ability he now has to so easily memorize came from diligently asking God for it.  We already have it in Christ because we have been enriched in every way when we became His children by His sacrifice on the cross.

“For in Him you have been enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all knowledge – ”  1 Corinthians 1:5a

I have a terrible memory.  Truly terrible.  I forget names, I forget places, I forget my purse, all too often for it to be cute.   And yet, about two years ago, I do believe the Lord called me to start learning Arabic.  That is a really crazy idea because, as I said, I’m absolutely terrible at remembering anything at all.  Arabic?  Me?  Nuts.  And yet…

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”  Luke 1:45

Arabic, huh?  Well, I’ve been stumbling along in Arabic every since.  It certainly isn’t going swimmingly well, but I have gotten a few things down, I suppose.

I’d also like to memorize Scripture more than I do presently.  I’d like to be able to pick up an appropriate verse for the occasion and toss it about in my head, all through the day.  To really internalize the words, you know?

Am I willing to really plead with God about these desires, like the speaker did?  How much do I want this ability, or perhaps the better question to ask is why do I want this ability?  Do I want it for the glory of God, or just cause it’d be pretty neato?  I’ll be praying about such things.

It pleased the Lord to give this speaker at Barakel an uncanny ability to memorize Scripture, but it would have never happened if the man didn’t first heavily seek the Lord about it.  I bet if I were to do a web search on “how to memorize” I’d get a lot of different techniques and not one of them would say, “get on your knees and hard pray about it, period”.  That would be foolishness to most.

“Where is the wise man?  Where is the scholar?  Where is the philosopher of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 1 Corinthians 1:20

Isn’t God cool?  I love it.  He loves the weak and insignificant things that are humbly brought before Him, He loves to make things new, to stretch out His hand.  I want to bring my inability to Him every time, and acknowledge that He is the King, so if it would please Him to give me the ability, so be it, if not, so be it.  Blessed be the Lord.


So, what do you think?