(OPINION) ETH – The coronavirus pandemic has produced a surge in many looking to the Word of God for hope and peace in this trying time. According to a new report from CBN News, Lifeway Christian Resources, which is one of the world’s largest providers of faith content, recently reported a significant growth in sales of Bibles beginning in April of last year when the pandemic began.
“It was a really great year for our Bibles team last year,” the company’s Chief Executive Officer Ben Mandrell told CBN News. Mandrell says the increased interest in the Bible is because it provides answers for people looking for answers and guidance during hard times.
“It’s no surprise when people are in trouble [or] when they feel anxiety and when they feel uncertain about their lives, what do they do? They start looking for hope,” Mandrell explained. “They start looking for help. And in a time where local churches are struggling to gather, people are more interested in reading the Bible right now and having quality time with God alone and so they’re reading scripture more.”
One, woman named, Shelly McLeod of Baker, Louisiana says fear and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic led her to scripture more often. “Maybe a sense of fear coming upon me and being motivated to get closer to God,” McLeod said. “Reading His Word just kind of gives you a peace of the Holy Spirit.”
The promise of help and protection throughout Psalm 121 also brought comfort to Liesel Higgins of Waco, Texas. “That has kept me through this entire pandemic,” explained Higgins. “I am not fearful. I know it’s around – but I pray before I leave home. I do not leave my doors without saying Psalm 121. ‘He will guide your going in and coming out.'”