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Philippians 4:6 Worry about nothing

22-03-2023 - Posted by Hans

Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

The call not to be worried about anything does not stand alone, but can only be understood in conjunction with the foregoing. There is a Lord who controls everything and in Whom everything is in good hands. In whom, then, we may rejoice at all times. The idea is not that we are not allowed to be concerned. Because in that case such an instruction would in fact only burden us more . On top of the burden of worry, Paul would also burden us with guilt over our anxiety. That is not a worry less, but a worry more!

The point of this verse’s call to be worried about nothing is that we are taken care of in everything. We need not be concerned because there is One who cares for us and guarantees the ultimate outcome. And in doing so, He also assures us that His way there is always the best! He gives us every day what is needed in His eyes. Today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Isn’t that less of a worry?!