It’s still January, right? Keep hanging on to those resolutions, whether you’re looking to lose weight or to read the Bible in 90 days. And we’ve got one more for you to add: memorize Bible verses.
I know, you’re thinking that you’re already barely hanging on to your other resolutions. But here’s the thing; Jesus said that “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4).
As you’re reading through the Bible, whether it’s in 90 days or 365 days, it’s good to find verses to pick up and put in your heart. These are verses you can cling to and say to yourself when you’re twisted up with anxiety or you’ve forgotten how much the Lord loves you.
We picked out 10 verses for you, and you may be surprised at how many you know already—it may only take memorizing the book of the Bible and verse number that goes with it. Choose one or all, and savor that delicious bread.
- Gen. 1:31
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
- Gen. 9:14-15
Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
- Exodus 15:2-3
The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.
- Leviticus 20:7
Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God.
- Numbers 21:8-9:
The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
- John 3:14-16
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- Deuteronomy 32:7-9
Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. For the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.
- Joshua 5:13-14
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
- Ruth 1:16-17
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
- 1 Samuel 1:20
So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
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Lindsey M. Roberts is the editor of the All About Jesus blog. After seven years in secular journalism, she is thrilled to explore in words how everything—from taking a walk to doing the dishes—is an opportunity to meet and glorify God. Lindsey lives with her husband and son in Virginia.