‘Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all day.’ Psalm 119:97 NRS
One of the most powerful tools God has given you for conquering fear and worry is memorising Scripture. Your memory is like a muscle; the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. Seneca, the ancient Roman teacher of rhetoric, would impress his class of two hundred by asking each student to recite a favourite line of poetry. He would then recite all two hundred lines from memory—in reverse order. Saint Augustine had a friend who could recite all the poet Virgil’s words—backwards!
Ok, maybe those guys were particularly gifted—but there are lots of things most of us can recite from memory too. Things like birthdays and anniversaries, addresses, phone numbers, bank account details and certain passwords. These items have two characteristics in common: we use them frequently, and we need them constantly. In other words, we have memorised them because we use them so often, and we can’t get along without them.
Similarly, you can begin to conquer your worries by confronting them each time they arise with a Scripture you have memorised. It’s powerful! It’s effective! It works! Why? Because God’s power is greater than your problems, and God’s Word is greater than your worries. Understand this: God is committed to keeping His Word. So when you speak Scriptural words instead of anxiety-ridden words, God goes to work on your behalf. He has made you this promise: ‘I will hasten My word to perform it.’ (Jeremiah 1:12 KJV)
So if you’re serious about wanting to conquer stress and worry, begin to memorise and verbalise God’s Word each day. If you haven’t already done so, join the Treasury Project at vision.org.au/biblememory
SoulFood: Jer 25–27, Luke 3:11–20, Ps 64, Pr 14:25–28
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023