"You've just won $20,000!" I'll never forget Jeff Foxworthy saying those words to us, the Georgia Grace Girls, when we were contestants on American Bible Challenge. Our team chose The Hope Center in Woodstock, GA as the charity to donate the winnings to. What an exciting adventure we experienced: being flown out to Los Angeles and being a part of the first season of a new Bible Trivia game show.
So how did we (my daughter, myself, and my friend) end up being chosen for the show? Answer: Bible knowledge! When we auditioned here in Atlanta, we were required to take a five page Bible test. We had to list all 27 books of the New Testament in order. We had to answer questions on camera as well. But I believe the clincher was when the three of us quoted a verse of Scripture for every letter of the alphabet in the recorded audition. We excitedly told the show's producers why we should be chosen as contestants.....because we know the Bible!
Bible memorization seems to have been all but forgotten in our contemporary Christianity. It's a discipline we seldom hear about. But for some of us, Scripture memorization is an integral part of our growth in Christ. I came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ when I was 23 years old. I had never owned or read a Bible before my conversion. But once the Spirit of the living God came in, I couldn't get enough of that blessed Book. My mentor and friend encouraged me to commit verses to memory and gave me key passages to work on. I found that memorizing a verse of Scripture was more than just brain work. It was heart & soul transforming! I soon came to realize that memorizing also entails mediating. Going over and over a passage of Scripture requires me to think on it more deeply. Soon I found myself hungering for more because I was seeing/feeling the changes that were happening in my own soul and spirit as a result of hiding the Word in my heart.
I went from memorizing solitary verses to several verses to chapters. I taught my children the discipline of memorization by starting at the letter A and memorizing a verse for every letter of the alphabet. I gave each of them an index card box and let them decorate it with stickers of their choosing. The box quickly filled up with the 26 index cards from the alphabet so I began giving them groups of verses to memorize (like Matthew 11:28-30). Soon they advanced to chapters (like Psalm 1 and Psalm 23). I even had them memorize Colossians chapter 3!
The benefits of Scripture memorization are measureless. What is cemented in our minds will never leave us. The Holy Spirit brings back Bible verses to me at the times I need them. I am also able to give the Word out to others in conversation. I quote Scripture to myself as I am driving, cleaning, and even as I'm falling asleep at night. The enemy has a hard time deceiving the Christian who knows the Word! After all, Jesus Himself quoted verses from Deuteronomy when the devil tempted Him in the wilderness.
I encourage the women in the Bible study I lead to hide the Word in their hearts. I encourage them to have a partner to practice with. I tell them that they are welcome to call me anytime and quote the verses they're working on. We should be encouraging each other to get those wonderful words of Life into our hearts. Ending up on a Bible game show (and winning!) was such a sweet blessing for me and a reminder of why we should memorize Scripture!
Mae Lynn Biggs
Love God. Love People
I'm Mae Lynn Biggs and I have been a follower of Jesus for the past 28 years. My heart is to help women grow in their love for Christ and knowledge of His Word. I love to spend time with my family, read, hike, and share from my quote collection. I would love to hear from you- leave a comment below.