For the past couple years, I’ve wanted a “preaching Bible”. One that lays open well, is small enough to be held in one hand when I speak, but large enough that I’m not straining my eyes to read it. This past December, I received one for Christmas from a friend–the perfect size and fit. I was so excited. Right there after she gave it to me, I flipped it open. My eyes fell on this verse, and I read it out loud, my heart startled with the solemnity of the message:
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” Amos 8:11-12.
There was a moment of silence when I finished reading. I was struck with the knowledge that this was the Word of God; the thoughts of the Almighty put into ink and set in my hands; so easily accessible to me now, but it not always to be so. I had a burning desire to acquaint myself more with those words. So when setting new goals for 2013, the Bible received new priority.
Last year, in preparation for our theme for GYC 2012—Acts: The Revolution Continues—about 80 people decided to memorize the book of Acts. It was a very big challenge, but a very rewarding one!
This year, in response to Wes Peppers’ challenge to young people to memorize, we have started a new memorization challenge. This time, it is split into two challenges, and some are doing one, some doing the other, and some are doing both.
Here’s what we’re doing:
- The theme for GYC 2013 in Orlando, Florida, Before Men and Angels, is looking at the great controversy as played out in our individual lives. So in preparation for this conference, a group of us are memorizing the book of Revelation. It is 404 verses long; 404 verses packed full of instruction and encouragement and instruction for God’s last day people.
- The other challenge is the book of James. At 108 verses long, the book of James is full of practical, down-to-earth Christianity. It’s a little more doable for those who might not have been doing much Bible memorization, or who want a more relaxed memorization schedule. The book of James was the first book of the Bible I memorized when I was seventeen, and it has been a treasure store of comfort, encouragement, and instruction since then.
So join us! Whichever book you feel drawn to, or both. Even before the memorization groups were officially announced, young people from all over the world started joining the challenge.
Let’s accept Wes Peppers’ challenge. Let’s get back to wearing out the pages of our Bibles. Let’s cherish this Word so that when the famine comes, we will be satisfied… because no one can take it from us. Let’s arrive at GYC Orlando, January 1-5, 2013, with God’s Word hidden in our hearts!