Precious Friend: But I can’t memorize scripture?
Me: What do you mean?
Precious friend: I have a horrible memory. Trust me, I’ve tried so many times to memorize verses and there’s just no way I can do it.
Me: (turning to Philippians 4:13) Would you mind reading me this verse?
Precious Friend: (reading) I can do every thing through Him who gives me strength.
Me: Do you think that includes Scripture memory?
Precious Friend: Um, maybe….?!
Me: Why don’t we start by asking Jesus to help us!
And as we pray the idea comes to ask Him to give us a tune to help us learn the verse. And He does! Right there on the spot, phrase by phrase, He gives us music to help us memorize. Oh, it won’t win any Grammy’s but here’s the best part ~ two years later I get a text from my son’s girlfriend, a sophomore at the University of Florida:
“Hey! You aren’t going to believe this! I just got together with one of the freshmen in my Bible study and while we were doing scripture memory, she starts singing one of the verses and I’m like, “That’s really neat. Do you always sing to remember verses?” And she said, “No. When my older sister was a student at the University of South Florida she use to meet with this lady and this is how she taught her the verse.” By any chance was that you?!”
Not only did my precious friend memorize the verse, but she taught it to her younger sister… who still remembered it years later! How cool is that?!!!
Not only does this highlight how helpful singing can be when doing scripture memory, it also illustrates the truth, “Things that are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27)
It’s not uncommon for people to be resistant when they think they can’t do something. But not only is the Lord an amazing enabler, He’s also a great idea giver! As it says in James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom He should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him.” I frequently pray this while I am meeting with someone, especially when there is resistance.
But here’s the crazy thing, opportunities like this are not only great for helping someone overcome their resistance, but also to help people grow in relying on the Lord!
Now I know Philippians 4:13 relates specifically to Paul learning to be content, but in truth it also represents a principle I have found to be true ~ When we rely on the Lord, asking Him for help to do what He wants us to do, as it says in 2 Corinthians 9:8 “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work!”
May we make the most of every opportunity to encourage those we disciple to rely on Him. Can’t never could. But the One who created the world and everything in it, is so able to enable us to do whatever He wants us doing!
And yes, that even includes scripture memory!