The excessively-mundane observations that my brother and I made came to mind recently because lately I’ve found my thought life to be weak---actually, dangerous. I tend to have long imaginary therapy sessions in which I complain about all my woes to a listener who does nothing but pity me, legitimize my grumbling, and condemn anyone who might have made my life difficult. Unsurprisingly, this is really sinful and does no good whatsoever, and on those days I tend to be grumpy, discontent, and impatient. Just ask my poor husband. For my own sake and everybody else's, I desperately need to be much more disciplined in taking every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5.)
So I thought of a really practical way of meditating on truth from scripture and I figured I’d share:
Select 12 verses that should come to mind easily based off the numbers 1-12, then try to meditate on them throughout the day whenever you look at the clock.
I’ve thought of at least two ways to do this:
- Let the hour of the day remind me of a chapter of the Bible. For example, at 3:00 (or 3:14, or 3:57, or whatever) I’ll think of a pre-selected verse from Philippians 3.
- Let the hour of the day remind me of a verse in a passage I’m trying to memorize. For example, if I’m trying to memorize Ephesians 2, at 3:00 I’ll think of Ephesians 2:3.
By the way, I’m not saying God is trying to give us special messages through our clocks, and I’m aware that the chapter and verse divisions in our Bibles are helpful but not inspired by the Holy Spirit. The numbers themselves are not part of the scriptures.
That said, I don’t think I can exaggerate the value of thinking about scripture all day long, and I think this corny little method can help.
I have compiled four collections of scriptures in the categories of Comfort, Kill Sin, Gospel, and Peace & Joy. Below are those scriptures, with the occasional brief comment by me. I included a link to a printable copy of the verses for each category. On here I might offer multiple verse options, but in the PDF's I made the difficult decision of just choosing one.
I allowed myself the liberty of using double-digits in some cases (example: 55 for 5:00.)
Even if you can only remember a key phrase (example: “BUT GOD from Ephesians 2:4) that can be extremely helpful for you as you go about your day, so I tried to highlight some key phrases in these verses. Obviously it’d be best if you could think on the whole scripture; keep your list in your pocket until you can remember them from memory!
Comfort Round the Clock (click here for PDF printable)
Alternative Verses: Psalm 3:5
Kill Sin Round the Clock (click here for PDF printable)
Ephesians 2:10, 2 Timothy 2:4, Philippians 3:8, 1 Thessalonians 4:a, Hebrews 4:15, Micah 6:8, Isaiah 66:2, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Corinthians 11:58, Romans 12:11 (the whole chapter is a wealth of conviction!)
Gospel Round the Clock (click here for PDF printable)
Altenative Verses: Jude 24, 1 Peter 1:3-5, Ephesians 1:7-10, Colossians 2:13-15, Ephesians 2:4-7, 1 Timothy 3:16, Titus 3:3-7, Romans 5:17
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, Romans 8:32
Peace & Joy Round the Clock (click here for PDF printable)
Alternative Verses: Ephesians 1:3, 1 Timothy 1:17, Psalm 33:21, Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 4:7
12-verse passages that I recommend for memorization are:
1 Peter 1:1-12
Psalm 46:1-11 (and at 12:00 review as much as you can!)
I'm sure I've missed excellent scriptures so feel free to leave me a comment with a verse that would fit into one of these categories and I might add it as an edit to the post! Also, it's very possible I've taken verses out of context or misunderstood their meaning, so please let me know about that too. Almost all of these scriptures have been distinctly special to me at one point or another and all are worthy of deeper study and meditation for the rest of our lives. :)
I hope this is encouraging to you and helps you think on truth and consequently have more joy! May these verses be a lifeline to you, and if they're unfamiliar to you as of yet, may you meditate on them in context and know Jesus far more deeply and truly than you ever knew possible. (I'm praying this for myself too of course!)
"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You." -Isaiah 26:3