I had a nice lady come up to me after receiving her card with this week’s verse on it. “You know,” she said to me, “Those of us who are older…we don’t have memories like we used to. These verses are too long. You should break them up.” To be honest, I was a little surprised because I was expecting a comment on the size of the font, not the length of the verse.
I understand her concern. I really do. With my memory the way it is, I’m deeply concerned about how mine will function as I continue to get older. But I also believe we should be stretching ourselves to allow these words of Life to become a part of us. So – here’s what I suggest: Learn what you can. Knowing some of the verses is better than knowing none of it.
Here’s something that might help. We’re only going to do the verse of the week during the Fully Armed series. So, once we’ve completed this series, you can go back and work on the ones you had trouble with. In reality, that’s what we should be doing anyway, isn’t it? We should be continually returning to the Scriptures, allowing them to become a part of us. That’s the essence of the command in what is historically known as the Shema.
I’ll agree that a week is not very long to memorize a section of Scripture. But maybe this practice is something we’ll all continue to do even after this series is over.
With all of that being said, here’s this week’s verse: