A few months ago, I posted a quote by Dr. Donald Whitney about the value of Bible memorization. This is a discipline that by God’s grace I’m trying to get better at. God commands Joshua as the torch is passed from Moses, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8, ESV) This is something that I’m striving for as well.
Sadly, the Bible seems to be misquoted often. How many times have you heard “Well, you know what they say, money is the root of all evil !” No actually, “they” don’t say that. The Bible actually says in 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.” Big difference ! My goal is to say, as the Psalmist does in Psalm 119:11, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
I heard a funny story last week told by Ravi Zacharias on his radio program that also brought this point home to me, and how important it is to know exactly what God says in His Word. Ravi related the story of a couple that was getting married, and a close friend of the bride who was unable to attend the wedding as she lived too far away. The close friend decided to send a telegram to the bride, and recited the message to the operator. The new bride received the telegram after the wedding but was obviously confused. Instead of reflecting on the intended message of the friend “Thinking of you, 1 John 4:18” (perfect love casts out fear), the operator had incorrectly transcribed the message and instead sent along “Thinking of you, John 4:18” (for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband)