Statistically Speaking

“Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:4

I was reading a devotional yesterday from a pastor I follow and enjoy listening and reading his commentary on the Bible. He was sharing about the three most popular verses in the Bible, statistically speaking. The most popular verse in the Bible is John 3:16, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Coming in second place is Jeremiah 29:11 which says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” The third most popular verse is Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

As I read those verses thinking as to why they are popular and why in the order they are I concluded that John 3:16 is the most popular verse in the Bible for the simple reason is it encapsulates the entirety of Scripture in a single verse. What a great reminder today to know and to remember, God loves you! And because He loves you He made it possible to have a person relationship with Him not based upon how good you might be but rather how good He is! Jeremiah 29:11 is popular because when you understand it in context you realize God sees the future and even though you might be in a bad place today the future is bright if you are a child of God as He declares that He has a plan for your life, and you are never without hope!

The third most popular verse in the Bible statistically speaking is Philippians 4:6 which I find interesting that its not a suggestion as much as it is a commandment that when, not if we become anxious to stop worrying about whatever it might be and to pray to God and to tell Him what you have need of and then thanking Him that He hears your prayers and counting our blessings for the things He has already done for us. What I really love about Philippians 4:6 is that modern medicine tells us that the human brain cannot be anxious and grateful at the same time. We can only be one or the other.

So, today, be reminded that God loves you so much He gave Jesus Christ to die on the Cross so your sins could be forgiven. Be reminded today that no matter where you are at or whats going on in your life, God has a plan and purpose for you that is designed to give you a future and hope so trust Him! And lastly, be reminded today that in this life stress and anxiety are real so when you feel fear coming over you take it to God in prayer and then stop and recall to your mind that He is and has been and will always be faithful to you. Three power packed bible verses that both the Lord and I hope and pray make your day!

“You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

Psalm 139:15–18


Michael Osthimer





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