Do you know of friends who would come to you and say something like, “I was having this trouble, it was so challenging; then, as I prayed, a Bible verse came to mind, as if a light bulb has been lit up above my head…”
Then, you thought to yourself, “Why does my light bulb rarely light up?”
We long for God’s guidance. We long for God to speak to our hearts and minds. We long for a close, intimate, and even direct relationship with God. In fact, believe it or not, God longs for such a relationship between Him and us too!
James, the half brother of Jesus says, ’Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you." (James 4:8).
One of the things that many find helpful is to commit the Word of God to memory. As a starter, it is good to start memorising some shorter verses.
Do you know why your friends’ lightbulbs lit up when they need it? Because they already have the Word of God in their hearts and minds. When the time of need comes, the Holy Spirit will take the Word of God that is already there and bring it up in their minds.
Commit the Word of God to memory. Begin with some simple ones. Some do it during their quiet time. I do it while I am doing my morning walk or taking the MTR.
When you have the Word of God in your memory, you can recall it and meditate on it. Psalms 1 says, the one who meditates on the Word of God day and night:
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.” (Psalm 1:3).
I want to be like that tree!
We all know the principle that you reap what you sow. Choose what you will invest in now, and you will receive the corresponding dividends later.
If you are willing, why don’t you start by memorising this easy one:
’Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you." (James 4:8).
If you want more, see my blog for 10 more verses that I find helpful for myself.