For most of my Christian life, I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with Scripture memory.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have long believed Scripture memory to be important. I love the Word of God. I know that what Proverbs 22:18 about God’s words is true: “For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips.”
And, it’s not that I haven’t memorized any verses. Over the course of my Christian life, I have memorized dozens and dozens of verses. I have even memorized large chunks of God’s Word, and been transformed in the process.
But I have never been able to get Scripture memory to become part of my daily life. I have never been able to get a system of memory down so that I reviewed the same verses over and over. And without that system of review, the verses inevitably grow fuzzy in my mind.
And it’s hard to use a verse that is fuzzy in my memory. I’m not confident enough to actually quote it, and if I want to look it up, well, I know it’s in Isaiah somewhere.
So, at some point, I would resolve to change. I would pick out some verses, write up memory cards, and resolve to regularly review them. Here was the sticking point for me: the memory cards were never where I needed them. I would have a few minutes of spare time in my car or at the park, but the memory cards were at home. This would continue until, about a year later, I would find the cards lying unused in a junk drawer, and realize that my plan wasn’t working out so great.
That’s been the story of my Scripture memory life. That is, until one day in April of 2013 On that day I bought a smartphone and downloaded a free app called Remember Me Bible Memory.
Smartphones can be good for you, and they can be bad for you. Mine has been good for me. It’s nice to be able to access the internet while waiting for my kids at the dentist’s office. It’s nice to be able to call my wife and ask her what aisle she is in at Kohl’s. But those are fringe benefits. The greatest advantage of having a smartphone, to me, has been what it has done for my Scripture memory habits.
Unlike those pesky memory cards, I always have my phone with me. Therefore, I always have my list of Scripture memory verses with me. And what I have always dreamed of, I have been able to achieve: most days, I spend a few minutes reviewing Bible verses I have memorized. And I love it. God’s Word really is a treasure, and some key parts of it are a little more accessible to my poor memory than ever before.
Another Scripture memory app that I really like is called Fighter Verses. If you use the English Standard Version of the Bible (ESV), the Fighter Verses app is clearly superior to the Remember Me app. I personally memorize most of my verses in the NASB, but our church’s Awana program uses the ESV — so I am excited to try out the Fighter Verses app with my children this fall and see if they find it helpful.
In short, a Scripture memory app changed my life for the better! I commend Scripture memory apps to you — maybe your life will be changed as well!