Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
I’ve always known this portion of scripture growing up. Not because I wanted to, but because ‘grown-ups’ somehow thought I needed it to be repeated over and over (*side eye* lol). The thing about it, though, is I am JUST starting to fully understand what it means.
Before I get into my revelation, here are the meanings of the keywords that stood out to me (Oxford Dictionary):
Anxious – feeling or showing worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
Supplication – The action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly
Thanksgiving – the expression of gratitude, especially to God
You know, I’ve never taken the time out to really meditate on what those words actually meant, in regards to this verse.
As a child, I simply thought it was wrong to be super excited about all‘worldly things’. That was literally my take on this verse. I thought it meant that I should just be nonchalant about the things I desired that were outside of the thought of heaven. If I was told I’d get a doll, I felt guilty about being ‘anxious’ (excited) about receiving it. I know, sounds kinda silly; but I was a kid. Give me a break! Well, I never knew the meaning of supplication so that was a lost cause lol. And finally, the only thing I got right, thanksgiving. This was the only portion of the verse I really understood. I knew that I was to express gratitude to God for the things he gifted me.
Now, looking at the meaning of each word and pasting it all together. I’d say the verse reads a little like this:
Do not worry about the things you cannot control, but pray about it and ask in humility, while expressing gratitude to God.
By dissecting this verse, it now has so much more meaning to me. God just wants us to cast our cares onto Him, be able to approach him about the desires of our hearts, while remembering who He is and expressing gratitude to Him for all he has done and continues to do in our lives. That makes life so much easier! Wouldn’t you agree?
What are some of the scriptures you’re now JUST gaining appreciation for? Share them below.