“When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD...." (Jonah 2:7)
God's Word in your pocket is no substitute for God's Word in your heart! While smartphones allow us to have Scripture at our fingertips, the greatest joy belongs to those who hold it even closer than that: " But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it " (Deut. 30:14).
There will be times when our smartphones and leather-bound Bibles just aren't handy enough. Jonah had none of these in his time of crisis. And yet in his prayer from the great fish (Jonah 2), he drew on Scripture.
Nothing in your pocket, however convenient on good days, can compare with the nearness of God’s Word in your heart on bad days! Is your mind and memory filled with God’s Word? Memorizing systematically week by week will help you prepare for any and every kind of day. The time to prepare is not in crisis; it is now!