The Twenty Most Popular Passages From The Best-Selling Book Of All Time
by Eric Elder
Twenty inspiring devotionals based on the top twenty passages in the Bible.
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible is the most quoted book in the world. Why? Maybe it’s because the Bible has been around so long. Or maybe it’s because the Bible is so big. But most likely it’s because the Bible contains wisdom that has touched the lives of so many people throughout the ages and throughout the world.
When I saw a list one day of the top 20 passages in the Bible―those passages in the Bible that people turn to again and again, more frequently than any others―I was intrigued. I wondered, What makes these passages so special? Are they words of comfort or words of conviction? Words of encouragement or words of challenge? Words of utter simplicity or words of profound depth?
As I’ve looked through these passages, I’ve seen that they contain elements of all of these things. And I know from personal experience, having read each chapter many times over the years and at different stages of my life, that they contain some of the most inspiring, convicting, encouraging, and faith-building passages I’ve ever encountered. I can see why they have bubbled up to the top 20 passages of the Bible.
In the weeks ahead, I’d like to explore each of these top 20 passages with you as well, starting with number 20―the Christmas story from Luke chapter 1―and working our way to number 1, which just might surprise you!
Whether you’ve been an avid Bible reader for years, or you’re brand new to discovering the life-changing power of its words, I think you’ll truly enjoy this study―not just for the insights you’ll learn about the passages, but because I believe that each passage can speak directly to your heart.
To be honest, I believe any passage from the Bible could speak to you just as profoundly. I couldn’t count how many times I’ve had something on my mind and opened the Bible, only to find that God had something to say to me about it on the words on the pages before me.
How does God do this? I believe it’s because the Word of God is “living and active,” as it says in Hebrews 4:12. God has inspired the words on the pages by instilling them with His Spirit, and it is that same Spirit that brings them to life for you. All Scripture is literally “God-breathed,” as it says in 2 Timothy 3:16.
So whether you turn to a top 20 passage or to one of the less celebrated ones, know that God can speak to you through His Word, if your heart is open to hearing from Him. No wonder the Bible is the best-selling, most translated, and most quoted book in the world!
I want to encourage you to pick up your Bible again today and read through it, praying as you go, and listening for God to speak. There’s no doubt in my mind that the God who created you has things He’d love to speak to you, and things that you won’t want to wait to hear.
Then join me in the pages ahead as we look at the top 20 passages from the Bible that people turn to again and again. I’m certain that God has things He wants you to know, things He wants you to do, and mysteries He wants to reveal.
P.S. As we go through this series, I’ll also include a prayer and a memory verse from the passage we’re studying, to encourage you in your personal prayer time with God, and to have something to memorize as we go along. Hiding God’s Word in your heart is one of the best ways to recall it later when God wants to remind you of it. Here’s today’s prayer and memory verse.
Father, thank You for giving us Your words in the form of the Bible. Speak to us as we read from it today and in the days ahead, just as You spoke to those who first recorded these words for us to hear. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (1 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV).