“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” — Philippians 4:6
So, there you go. This seems rather straightforward. There are no two ways about it. There is no avoiding it. This verse is being very direct. Philippians 4:6 urges me not to worry. It is saying that I should “give everything over to God.” Are these things realistic for me to do? I wouldn’t be telling you the truth if I said yes and that I have no problem with it all. I need to be honest.
I would love to be without worry. I wish that I could do exactly what this passage prescribes. I wish I could have such faith. Truth be known, there are times that I can achieve success at doing so. However, at other times, I fall short. How about you?
I think it is a good practice to be honest. It is good to be honest with ourselves. It is good to be honest with others. It is also good to be honest with God.
So, why not speak the truth to God? Tell God about the struggle to have faith and not worry so much. Tell God that you still worry about many things. Tell God that you wish you could do better at this.
What will be God’s response to your openness? I believe that God knows us better than we know ourselves. I also believe that God wants what best for us.
I am sure that there are people who practice the words of Philippians 4:6 better than I do. However, I am also quite positive that God loves us all despite our shortcomings.
So, even if you may have a difficult time giving God all your worries, do not worry that God will love you any less if you can’t pull that off.
Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 30 years.