We live in an age where technology is the order of the day. Anything you want, you can get at the drop of a hat. You almost don’t need to retain information in your brain because there is some device, gadget or app that will retain it for you. For example, my parents have a new residential phone number. I have no clue what it is. It’s stored in my mobile phone if I need to dial them, but without my phone I would be unable to reach them. Sadly, if my head was on the chopping block and I had to recite my parents’ home phone number or else, I would end up shorter by a head.
This made me realize that sometimes we do that with the Word of God. YouVersion has a great Bible app that is searchable, provides study tools and it even reads to you. There are a million and one (only a slight exaggeration) online sites that will allow you to find a verse with a few keystrokes. You can even google a phrase from a scripture and find out the passage reference in less than the time it would take to locate a physical Bible.
All of this is wonderful…but it makes me sad. We’re not hiding the word in our hearts anymore. Just like phone numbers, we feel like we don’t have to memorize scripture anymore because we can always find what we need in a flash. But the writer of Psalm 119 reminds us in verse 11 that hiding God’s word in our hearts will keep us from sinning against God. In that moment when we are tempted, the Spirit of God will call back the Word to remembrance. Imagine if you had to find your app first…
It might be inconvenient, but hiding the Word in our hearts through scripture memorization will strengthen our walk. Let’s endeavour to keep God’s word hidden in our hearts.
Josie James, a Jamaican-native, was raised in South Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Florida. After graduation, she did translation work for the Precision Response Corporation for a year and half before working with needy families at Family Central, Inc. She later earned her law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, VA. She now does civil litigation contract work for corporations such as Google, Oracle and Bank of America. Academic and professional achievements aside, Josie is most proud of the work that she does as the director of the Drama Ministry at Gateway Church, where she has attended since 1980. Above all else, Josie loves the Lord and seeks to please Him in all her endeavours. Read more at Josie’s blog: http://inconvenenientwalk.blogspot.com