Have you ever tried to recall something from the Bible and forget whether it’s really there? Memorizing Bible verses helps us know God better, renews our minds, and encourages others. And while people have extra time on their hands right now, it’s the perfect chance to hide God’s word in our hearts and seek Him more through His Word.
Proverbs 22:17-18 (GNB) says, “Listen, and I will teach you what the wise have said. Study their teachings, and you will be glad if you remember them and can quote them.”
There are 4 action words here: listen, study, remember, and quote. You may say, “I have such a bad memory, I can’t memorize anything.” But that’s not true. You memorize a ton of things like commercials, lines from movies, song lyrics, sports stats, and recipes. You remember what matters and what’s most important to you.
If the truth is important to you, you’ll remember it. Why should I memorize the Bible? Because when you memorize a verse in the Bible, God can bring it to your mind at the right moment to encourage and help you.
Verses to Remember
I recommend starting by memorizing these five verses from the NIV that are especially helpful for facing our current fears:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6