Amazing news that social media and technology are helping spread the Good News of the Bible. The YouVersion Bible app’s annual report shows that “people read and listened to the Bible 30% more this year, and 478 million verses have been shared.”
Tending now and for three years the users of this app have shared quotes to soothe and assuage worry more than any other type of quote. In 2018, Isaiah 41:10: “do not fear, for I am with you” was the most popular quote and 2017’s top verse was “do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Joshua 1:9).
Apps that help us find that quote
Amazingly in 2019 YouVersion users read 35.6 billion chapters and listened to 5.6 billion chapters through its online and mobile Bible app. In all this reading, Paul’s advice in Philippians 4:6 was the most shared, highlighted, and bookmarked verse of the year: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.”
Popular verses in 2019 were Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” This reflects the trend of searching out Biblical sources to help with life’s concerns. Acknowledging the role God has in this world is a growing trend.
In an article published in Christianity Today, Bobby Gruenewald said, ” We’re encouraged to see so many people turning to the Bible in response to their worries, remembering what God has done in their lives, and choosing to trust in his faithfulness.” Bobby Gruenwald is a pastor and innovation leader for Life. Church and the founder of the YouVersion app.
Online sites prove popular
People have genuine worries and concerns over finances, jobs, and security. These anxieties can be meditated upon when reading the most popular quotes. 2 Timothy 1:7 was also a popular choice, ” For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” This life-affirming quote is applicable in many situations.
For Bible Gateway users, the most popular verse of 2019 was John 3:16: “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.” This beautiful message of Christ’s redemptive Holy Spirit is the cornerstone of many Christian teachings. The site has visitors from over 200 countries and offers 200 versions of the Bible in 70 languages.
The content manager for Bible Gateway, Jonathan Petersen said the reason these verses remain so popular with Bible Gateway users is how frequently the verses come up in conversations, sermons, and even from the mouths of celebrities. “We believe the continual high ranking of these verses reflects the hope and encouragement needed by everyone around the world, and we’re honored to be able to bring the Word of God wherever it’s needed,” he said.
Popular verses to soothe the soul
The Psalms are popular verses for their inspiring content. Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me,” is often quoted to edify and uplift. Another popular quote is from Romans 8:28.
It doesn’t matter if the things we encounter are good or bad, the way you benefit from anything is loving God. When faced with the same thing, those who know, and love God can grow through their experience. There are so many quotes we use to pray with, to affirm on and to praise. Which one do you use? Do you use an app?