3 Obstacles to Memorizing Scripture

Memorizing Scripture can seem like a daunting task. Many people feel like they are just too busy to memorize. Others don’t understand its importance, or they simply don't know how to get started. The good news is that these obstacles can be overcome!

Here are three common obstacles to memorizing Scripture and tips to help you overcome them:

1: I’m Just Too Busy!
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to make time for memorizing Scripture. We have chores to do, deadlines to meet, places to go, and people to see. We’re running in so many directions that before we know it, the day is gone and we haven’t set aside even five minutes to hide God’s Word in our hearts! In Psalm 46:10, the Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Sometimes we have to step away from the busyness of life and just be still for a while to be able to fellowship deeply with God through His Word.

2: Wrong Priorities
Colossians 1:18 says, “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Jesus and His Word should be our first priority, but daily time in God's Word is often neglected in favor of other things. There are so many things on your to-do list, but don't let spending time in God's Word be absent from it. Even something as simple as waking up 15 minutes earlier and going to bed 15 minutes later every day can give us an extra half an hour to memorize Scripture and spend time in fellowship with God.

3: Lack of Accountability
Many times, lack of accountability is at least partially responsible for us not memorizing. Every now and then, we all need an extra bit of motivation! Having an accountability partner not only gives you extra motivation to memorize, but it can also help you cultivate godly friendships. As Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Having an accountability partner is an excellent way to help you memorize Scripture!

TIP: SMF's free mobile apps are a great way to memorize Scripture. Plus, both apps make it easy to add an accountability partner who will receive an email update each week on your progress.
Start Memorizing



  • Great Tips! I have gone through spells where I just have a hard time getting into the habit of reading my Bible and setting my priorities straight helps get me on the right track. Making time for God is the most important thing we can do in our day.
  • Thank you. We all need our Savior’s Word all the time.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *