The Real Meaning of the Most Viral Verse

Once again the most viral verse in the U.S. is:

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9, NIV)

The most popular Bible app is called YouVersion, and at the end of every year it releases a report on the millions of users who engaged the Bible. And, as it has in the past, Joshua 1:9 came out on top as the most bookmarked, highlighted and shared verse.

At first glance, it's not hard to see why it is so popular. There are so many times we need an encouraging word to just hang in there.

If you're in a tough stretch of your marriage,

… if you're in the high octane years of child-rearing,
… if you just got laid off,
… if you're fighting an illness or disease,
… if you're faced with a tough, potentially life-changing decision,
… if you're starting a new job, going to a new school, moving to a new city,
… if you just broke up with someone or are going through a divorce.

How many times do we need to be strong? To have courage? To not be scared? To not give in to discouragement? If you want a verse that can speak to almost every challenge we face in life, it's Joshua 1:9. Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.

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