When I was growing up, a standard part of my week was an exercise called the “memory verse”—short sentences from the Bible that were either connected to something we were learning about at church or just good advice that every kid should know.
Some of the earliest memory verses I remember are “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1), and “All things work together for good,” (Romans 8:28), and “For God so loved the world” (John 3:16).
Many of these verses have stayed with me through my entire life, and they will often come to mind when prompted by everyday occurrences or circumstances. This week, I found my thoughts turning to the faith that has long nurtured my life and has been a source of strength for my family and me, and several of those memory verses came to mind.
One was a text that reminds us that God is always with us. It’s in Isaiah, and it was written to God’s people at a time when they had many reasons to wonder what their future held. “Fear not, for I am with you,” is the message of Isaiah 41:10. And Joshua, the leader who had wandered with Israel throughout his nomadic life, is able to confidently state, “The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). There is comfort in remembering that our true destiny and ultimate happiness is in God’s hands.
Isaiah also reminds the people of God that “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31), affirming the great power that hope brings to our lives.
One of the verses that has been both a comfort and challenge to me is found in Micah 6:8. It says, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
I’m thankful for the way in which faith prompts and guides our daily lives. I’m thankful for these little bits of scripture that help bring God’s care and calling into focus. My prayer is that the verses we have learned will provide direction for the way we should live.