Ten years ago, one of my sisters gave me a small index card book, full of verses of scripture. It had a hand sewn cover to soften the generic outside, and to protect the corners from getting bent. I remember this little book of God's words lodged carefully beside the cup holder on my baby's stroller as we would take daily walks, partly for the fresh air and exercise and the other part for the sake of my sanity. I committed several pages to heart, but now three babies later, daily walks are rare and when they do occur, they are filled with sweet girly chatter.
Now, there are stains on every page, yet I can't let it go. My girls are no longer babies, and can all sleep through the night. Mornings can be intentional again. Scripture memory may not happen on daily walks, but it can happen in the dark hours of the morning, in the bathroom while fixing hair, or at a stoplight. I have lacked greatly in this area.
I was challenged this week by this story concerning a debate between a university professor and a coal miner in South Wales. The debate concerned the subject of the reliability of the Bible. The professor presented his arguments against the Bible clearly and in such a way that there seemed no hope for the miner. Yet the miner began his reply with prayer, "Lord, I have not had much education, but You know that I love Your Word and have spent my life searching its pages. Help me now to say something that will convince my friends here that Your Word is true." He then continued over the next hour to quote the appropriate scriptures denouncing the professors arguments without making a single comment. By scripture alone...
"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105
"The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple." Psalm 119:130
"Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth." John 17:17
"For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12-13
"Christians who do not accept the authority of the Scriptures have no effective weapon with which to overcome Satan. If we are to conquer Satan in the same way that Jesus conquered him, then we must know the Bible in its entirety. It is no good saying to the devil: 'The verse I want to use against you is somewhere in the Bible.' You must quote it to him and quote it precisely." - Selwyn Hughes
May we cry out as Hughes so beautiful wrote:
"O Father, the more I hear, the more I want to hear. For I was created by Your Word, designed according to Your Word, and I can never remain content until I am indwelt with Your Word. Teach me even more."