The Living Word

Romans8.29One of the blessings of memorizing large portions of the Word is the things I learn that I would have otherwise missed.  One vivid memory of this occurred while I was memorizing Romans 8.  I spent several days working on verse 29, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”  As I repeated the last portion of that verse, I couldn’t help but wonder what it meant to be the first-born.  I searched in commentaries.  I asked my preacher husband.  I read other references in the Bible that talked about the first-born, but I was still searching… I asked the Lord to please teach me and help me to understand exactly what that meant.  The next Sunday, I went to Sunday School.  I had just switched classes because I wanted to sit under the teaching of a man who taught in the local seminary.  The lesson that day was a continuation in his series on Jacob/Israel and his 12 sons.  He had a chart with each wife/maid and the sons that were born in the order they were born.  He explained what the rights of first-born were along with the responsibilities.  I was taking notes as fast as my hand could write.  After class, I stopped the teacher and asked if that was what was being referred to in Romans 8:29.  He answered, “Exactly.”  I was thrilled.  If I had not been memorizing that verse…if I had not wondered what that verse meant…if I had not asked the Lord to teach me…I would have missed a tremendous blessing.

As I think back over this time, it makes me wonder how many of these blessings I have missed when I don’t apply myself to Scripture memory?  God’s Word is the living Word.  He speaks to us through it, but we must make the time and remove the distractions that will keep us from hearing.  I hope that in some small way, this series has encouraged you to do just that.

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