I like beef jerky. I like the flavor. I like the texture. I can take it with me anywhere. It doesn’t spoil. It packs well, no matter where I’m going or how long I’m going to be there. It lasts a long time. When I eat it, I feel a kinship with all the great adventurers past and present. It satisfies me. I find it relaxing to break off a piece and chew for awhile.
I have found when I read one passage of scripture over and over, committing it to memory, it has many of the same kinds of benefits.
Joshua 1:8a says, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night….” (That’s kind of like chewing …..right?)
I believe that studying a portion of scripture for a season, and committing it to memory, transforms our minds, strengthens our faith and fills our souls.
God’s word brings flavor to our lives.
It goes with us wherever we go.
It never spoils or is diminished in any way.
It connects us to all the great souls of the ages past, present and future.
It satisfies our deepest questions and greatest longings.
I would encourage all of us to pick a few great passages of scripture,
and savor God’s word.
Here are a few to get us going. I am using NIV to memorize these days.
1 John 3:16
2 Philippians 4:6
3 Romans 12:2
4 Galatians 2:20
5 Romans 6:23
6 Romans 12:1
7 Ephesians 2:8
8 Philippians 4:7
9 Romans 8:28
10 Psalms 1:1