"Are you reading your favorite fairy tale again?" Lauren asked her younger sister, Erin.
Erin nodded. "Want to hear it?" She cleared her throat and began "reading" the story without even looking at her book. "When Hansel and Gretel woke up, the forest was very dark. How will we find our way home?' asked Gretel. She began to cry. Hansel picked up a pebble lying on the pathway. Look, Gretel, here are the pebbles I dropped,' he said. We can follow them back home.'"
"I know the story," said Lauren with a grin. "When Mom left for the store, she said to remind you to memorize your Bible verses. Have you done that already? You'll have to say them for her before she'll let us go to the zoo, you know."
"Those verses are too hard," whined Erin. "Besides, what good is learning a bunch of verses anyway?"
"Well, for one thing, God's Word helps us know right from wrong. It helps us make good choices." Erin continued to pout, so Lauren sat on the sofa beside her little sister. "Think of it like this," she said. "Bible verses hidden in our hearts are like the pebbles Hansel hid in his pocket and used to mark the path that would lead
them home. The pebbles showed them the way to go, and verses we memorize help us know the way to go, too. When we follow God's Word, we can always be sure we are on the right path in life."
"They're too hard to memorize," insisted Erin.
"How did you learn the Hansel and Gretel story so well?" Lauren asked.
Erin shrugged. "I guess it's because I read it so much."
"Well, if you read your Bible verses over and over, I bet you'll remember them easily, too," suggested Lauren. "Try it."
Erin got her Bible and curled up on the sofa again. "Make me walk in the path
of Your commandments . . . Make me walk in the path of Your commandments . . . Make me walk . . ."
When Mom came home, Erin jumped up and held her Bible behind her back. "Listen, Mom," she said. Then she recited her verses perfectly.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you struggle to memorize Bible verses? Scripture you’ve memorized will often come to your mind and show you what to do when faced with a decision. As you learn God’s Word and practice what it teaches, it will help keep you from sin. Try to memorize a verse today. You’ll be glad you did!
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 119:11 (KJV)
Your word I have hidden in my heart.
*Verse displayed is NKJV