I have something to admit: memorizing Bible verses is something that is extremely difficult for me. I just learn things in a different manner, and rote memorization doesn’t work for me. So it’s for sure that I would not win a Bible verse memorizing competition. Oh, I have a few verses that I know word for word from my favorite translation (ESV), but for other verses, well I know the gist of what they say – and sometimes I even remember which book of the Bible these verses come from.
I do however collect Bible verses in a file that I call my Bible Verse Treasure Vault. It’s a list of favorite verses that I like and to which I often refer when I want to be inspired. That list continues to grow as I discover more verses that speak to me. As of today, I have about 80 Old Testament verses, and about 50 New Testament Verses in my treasure vault. I love these verses and some of them I go to time and time again, such as John 15:5; Romans 8:28; Joshua 1:9; Jeremiah 33:3; Zephaniah 3:17; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 43:1; Psalm 118:8; Micah 6:8. Oh my, this list could go on, and on, and on. Other verses in my treasure vault, are there to speak to specific needs or circumstances, a few of those treasures are 1 Peter 5:6-8; Luke 4:13; Isaiah 55:8-9.
Perhaps you might think that my Sword of the Spirit is a bit weak, and you may be right. There was a time that I would fret over the fact that I don’t have volumes of scripture memorized, however I really don’t worry about anymore. I have other weapons in my arsenal – I do wield a mean search function online and in my Bibles that reside on my iPad (I have very limited space in our big rig, so I carry one physical Bible, and have about 10 Bible Apps). I am constantly searching for the right verse for the right circumstance. In doing that, I see a big variety of verses that address so many life situations, I may not remember them word for word, but they are rolling around in the back of my mind.
If I ever feel inferior over my lack of complete Bible verses on the tip of my tongue, I find that John 14:26, helps me, (and no I don’t have this verse memorized either): “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” That’s what I count on.