Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105).
LIGHT! If it’s true that God’s Word is lamp to our feet and a light to our path, then I think I just swallowed a flashlight! Just yesterday morning I finished memorizing Romans chapter eight. I don’t know how anyone can get through the dark valleys of life without the Word of God?
Last night my mother had a number of phone calls and three visitors and was rather worn out by bedtime. It can be hard to settle your mind to drop off to sleep after so many calls and visits, so she suggested that I quote Romans 8 while she listened and prompted me over a few rough spots.
Mom said, “Well, that is certainly a wise use of your time.”
I’d say. I’ve found that quoting Romans 8 over my mother and over other difficult circumstances lately has been as strong as prayer for me. No kidding. I find that I am walking through the sorrows, trusting Holy Spirit to intercede for me in my weaknesses, leaning on my Father’s arm as we walk together through a very dark valley. I tell you, the Father is so close, it’s as though I can feel His breath on my cheek when he whispers the next directive.
I bring my mother into this because her valley is dark, too. But mostly I mention her working with me on this chapter because she and my dad taught me to memorize scripture since I was old enough to talk. With their help, I knew all of the 23rd Psalm when I was only three years old.
I hope you’ll try it? Ask God to show you just one verse that speaks to your heart, and memorize it. If you simply READ that verse five times a day for a whole week, you will have it down by day seven. There is great treasure to be found in memorizing the Word of God, both in the dark valley below and in the glory that will be revealed in us above. LIGHT! Grab it!