How’s Your Memory?

A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Have you ever experienced a brain freeze? I am sure you can relate to the experience of suddenly losing your train of thought or forgetting what you went into the next room to get. One of the ways to deal with spiritual brain freezes, the inability to remember what you have read in the Bible, is to practice the spiritual discipline of meditation. Now I am not referring to assuming the lotus position or humming your favorite worship chorus as a mantra when you are having your daily quiet time. But focusing your thoughts on a key word or biblical principle from the text you have just read. The word rendered “meditate” in the Old Testament means to chew on and it refers to the low cooing sound of a dove. In Psalm 119, a psalm devoted to the praise of the word of God, the psalmist writes, “I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Going over what you have read in the scriptures and continuously thinking about its meaning and application throughout the day, will help you to remember and store up God’s word for the day’s troubles and opportunities.

A good practice to develop is to select a key word or phrase from the passage you just read, ask yourself what is means, and then consider how it should be applied in your life. Think and pray on this throughout the day and act on it, as the Spirit leads you. In time, this will help you not only remember what you have read in your daily devotions but also encourage and strengthen your walk in the Lord.

Over three centuries ago, Thomas Watson’s correctly diagnosed that the cure for a poor spiritual memory is found in warming “… ourselves at the fire of meditation.”