Memorizing Scripture in a Fast-Paced Society

Memorizing Scripture in a Fast-Paced Society

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:15-16)

In today's fast-paced society, it isn't difficult to find ourselves subconsciously trying to keep up with its pace. When the world tells us to purchase a new product to "speed up the process," we order it. When new methods are shared to save time, we try to implement them into our own lives. Such modern-day innovations can be a blessing, but they can also be a stumbling block if we aren't careful. Is living a fast-paced life really worth it if we are missing out on the things that are truly important? Beyond just telling us how to save time, the world is constantly crying out to us instructing us on how to use our time. Will we listen?

As I've recently experienced my own life getting busier, I've been challenged to ask the question, "How will I use the time God has given me? What do I value as most important?"

Deciding how to use our time is a daily choice we all must make. Will we fill our time with things that distract us from the kingdom or point us towards it?

Scripture has a lot to say about time and how we are to live our days while here on earth. One of the most essential, useful, and eternally impacting ways we can use the time God has given us is by memorizing Scripture. By doing this, we aren't only making the best use of our time, but we're laying up treasures of truth for the days to come - and into eternity. Troubles in life will inevitably come our way. When we have Scripture stored in our hearts, the winds can come and beat upon the house of our faith, yet we'll be firmly planted upon the rock (Matt. 7:25).

As life has gotten more fast-paced, I've found I need to depend upon God's Word and its truths even more. I need to have these transforming truths at the forefront of my mind and within my heart. God’s Word should be at the center of our lives, not on the back burner.

Memorizing such powerful truths also produces joy and peace within our hearts and helps us to fix our eyes upon Christ. Who better to place our hope and trust in than our never-changing Lord (Mal. 3:6)? Internalizing His valuable Word helps us to do that.

Taking time to memorize God's Word isn't always easy — especially in a culture that belittles its practice. But what the world has to offer us will not last. Only the Word of God will remain and the fruit that its internalization produces will never perish (Isa. 40:8).

Is the world's definition of "a profitable way to spend your time" also your definition? Or could you say with Paul that the ways of wisdom, though foolish to the world, are ultimate gain (1 Cor. 1:18; Phil. 3:7-8)? Consider memorizing God's Word today, and experience the long-lasting peace and joy that this world cannot even comprehend.

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