It is a gift, is it not? Memory. Most people would like to have more of it, some less depending on the circumstances. Nonetheless, when memory is used for remembering Christ’s words and works, it can be a true gift.
“His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”” (John 2:17)
The disciples “remembered” Old Testament Scripture to interpret Christ’s actions of cleansing the temple. They were able to make sense of his authoritative action then on the basis of Scripture written long before the event.
“When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.” (John 2:22)
They also remembered what Jesus said about his raising his body from the grave, but this was after the resurrection. Nevertheless, they are also remembering Scripture.
It is doubtful that they had a Bible memory program for this second instance. It was simply a supernatural gift that connected the event with the truth Jesus spoke.
This is very good news. Regular time spent with Jesus gives opportunity for things to be called to mind later that you necessarily did not intend to memorize. God may bring to mind things that he taught you in Scripture, that you may have simply glossed over, but you did hear. This sort of remembrance is no doubt a gift.
And think about it: the disciples were the same who fell asleep at other times when Jesus was praying. The testimony we have from them is largely things that God connected in their minds after the events took place and this all by the Holy Spirit.
“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)
So, the gift of memory in respect to Scripture being called to mind, is by the Holy Spirit. I thank the Lord for sending Him to dwell in every believer and perform this work. I thank the Lord today that though we may not even intend to memorize Scripture always, that the Holy Spirit is faithful to bring to mind the things we study and hear from God in regular communion with him.