Pastor's Weekly Musing

Hey everyone!

We've been in the middle of some really cool sermon series on Sundays and Wednesdays recently. Our Sunday series on the life of David has been a joy, and Robyn has led a Wednesday series on Psalm 23 that has been awesome.

Have you ever loved a sermon on a specific book of the Bible, or a specific chapter, or even a verse, and gotten SO much out of the teaching on it, then totally forgotten about it a few days later? I've listened to teachings before where I thought "This is everything; I will never forget that", and then a week later I read the same passage and totally forgot what I learned. It's frustrating.

It can make us think: "Am I even getting anything out of all this? Why even do it if I can't remember it a few days later? Why read my Bible, listen to sermons, do devotionals? Does it even do anything?"

Can I encourage you? YES. It DOES matter. It REALLY matters, even if you can't recall every detail of what you learned a year later. It still built you up, encouraged you, strengthened you, lifted you, connected you with God.

Think of it this way: do you remember what you ate for breakfast 17 days ago? Unless you have the same breakfast everyday, you probably don't. But did it nourish you? Did it give you strength? Did it give you energy for that moment, that hour, that day?

Of course it did! Just because you can't recall every detail of it doesn't mean it didn't do anything valuable for you.

Jesus tells us to pray "Give us this day our daily bread." Yes, He's referring to our physical needs, but also to our spiritual needs. He wants us to come to Him daily, to connect with Him, pray to Him, read of Him, rest in Him. Every day. Like eating. And just like eating, while we might not be able to recall every flavor and menu item, we still get nourished and strengthened.

Should we strive to memorize Scripture? Of course. Should we study? Absolutely. Should we listen to sermons and worship music and journal? No doubt. But do so knowing that even if you can't remember what you read or heard, you're still getting nourished. God's Word always produces.

Like 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Pastor Ronnie