If you were scrolling through Twitter earlier this morning, you may have been surprised to find an uncharacteristically faith-themed phrase in the “trending” section. For reasons still unclear, “I, the Lord,” appeared on a list of trending phrases and hashtags in the United States.
For those who are unfamiliar with the intricacies of Twitter’s trending algorithm, here’s a basic summary of how it works: When a large number of users tweet a certain name, place, quote, or hashtag within a short span of time, Twitter will flag these items as “trending.”
Trends typically correspond with articles or news events that have gained viral traction among Twitter users, which makes Wednesday’s “I, the Lord” trend all the more puzzling.
According to Twitter, more than 15,000 users posted tweets containing the phrase, “I, the Lord.” The various posts referenced a wide range of Bible verses, and there didn’t appear to be any recent articles associated with those words:
"I the Lord" – God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. Ex 6.2 – Amazing trending I found this morning. He will judge this world at the end
— Renan de Moraes (@DeMoraes777) July 5, 2017
— Daily Bible Verse (@Daily_Bible) July 5, 2017
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
Isaiah 41:13 ?
— Whitney Sade Davis (@whitneysaded) July 5, 2017
— J. Darryn Zewalk (@darrynzewalk) July 5, 2017
— DeAnthony Shannon (@Bluebred74) July 5, 2017
"I the Lord" 11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour
— Annette Carmona ✝️? (@nett0003) July 5, 2017
I, the Lord, search the heart https://t.co/kv7cMkRyzz
— David Campbell Jr (@warrior749) July 5, 2017
Sometimes God shows up in the most unexpected places, including the often faithless realm of social media.