By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning nonprofit content writer, website publisher, and author of 9 books.
An online devotional for writers
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. (Jeremiah 29:13, NLT)
When you want to find a verse in the Bible, you can use its “address” – that is, the name of the book, the chapter, and the verse number.
But a while back, the Bible was strung together with no page breaks for books and no numbers for chapters and verses. Imagine what it would be like to have to locate a passage like Jeremiah 29:13. It could take hours!
That’s what early believers faced. The Bible did not contain chapter or verse references when it was first written. The address markers were added later to help us find scriptures.
Three scholars made it possible for everyday people to navigate the Bible more easily.
Those sets of numbers prevent frustration when you’re studying scripture … as you listen to a Sunday morning sermon, for instance. The pastor calls out “Jeremiah 29:13” while he is speaking and you’re able to locate it in your Bible in seconds. Without the address markers, you would likely open the Bible less or maybe not at all.
Just as a Bible passage address leads you to truths in God’s word, your email address leads clients to you. And like scripture references, your email address follows a specific format: your name with an “at” symbol and your online location.
Address markers in the Bible make it easier for us to find God’s truths in His Word. An email address makes it easier for prospects, clients, and readers to find you. Help them. Make your email address accessible.
Make it easy for people to find you so they can hire you.
Thank you for sending people to help me navigate the Bible. You’ve made it easier for me to find truths in your Word. Part of my writing journey is making myself accessible to readers and clients. Help me make it easy for people to find me.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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