Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him. 2 When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.
3 Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me 4 and said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.’ Genesis 48:1-4
Jacob was 147 years old and on his death bed. He was losing his eyesight, but the memory of what God had promised him was still as vivid as ever. The Lord reinforced the promise a couple of times until it was in his memory bank for good.
What’s in your memory bank about God’s promises? Do you have such a memory of what God has promised? The memory could very well have been just for you and not for public consumption. Those memories come from prayer and Scripture meditation.
I’m not sure who said it first, but this still applies: “Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.“
In other words, you may need to reach back into that memory bank at some point in your life to pull out those nuggets of wisdom and comfort during times of gloom and despair.
If you haven’t done so already, begin cultivating and adding to that memory bank. Memorize. Memorize, and Meditate.