“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will remain forever.”
You know, you can find just about anything on the internet.
For instance, I read recently that during 2020, Bible searches on the internet exploded as people looked for reassurance amidst all the chaos. On one Bible App (YouVersion), new scripture searches increased by 80% with nearly 600 million hits worldwide.
It is estimated the 43.6 billion chapters of the Bible were read online in 2020, and people shared over half a billion verses with other people, by far the highest numbers in the history of the internet.
And the top verses? Number one was in Isaiah – “do not fear”. It came in first in the US, India, South Africa, the Netherlands, Ghana, Kenya, and the Philippines. The second and third place “finishers” were Philippines 4:8 (“Do not be anxious . . .”) and Romans 8:28 (“in all things, God works for good . . .”)
The good news in all this is that whenever people face trials and hardships, they continue to seek God and turn to the Bible for strength, peace, and hope.
For most people, 2020 is a year they say they’d like to forget. I pray, however, that when future generations look back on 2020, they will see how God used the internet to help people searching find answers.
Eternal God thank you for Your Word which gives us every hope and promise of Your presence among us. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.