“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

There are a lot of arbitrary things in the world we live in. Movies, videogames, celebrity gossip, new “fads”, and the like, while not always bad or sinful are usually fairly arbitrary, or purposeless. We can feel this way about classes (Similar to what’s the point), jobs, and rules or regulations. Sometimes these things are entirely arbitrary with no direct fruit other than cultivating faithfulness. However, one thing that is never arbitrary is God’s word.

It can be easy to get in the mindset that Faith or Prayers aren’t as applicable in your life as they are in others because you don’t feel like it’s true. In all practicality you feel as though they may be semi arbitrary in your life. Let me tell you that they’re not. That’s why Philippians 4:6 is at the top of this blog. In great times of stress it may be easy to see this frequently quoted verse and think “well, that’s nice and all, but I’m super stressed, so this doesn’t really work for me, I can’t simply stop being anxious.” When this thought hits it becomes crucial to then ask yourself if it seems realistic that God would arbitrarily tell you to do something like that. I’ll admit, simply hearing “Don’t worry, just pray” doesn’t directly give you a lot of reason to do so, however it’s at this point where it becomes crucial to continue reading.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”    -Philippians 4:7

God isn’t a God who simply tells you to do something with no sense of purpose behind it. Everything he does, all the Words he spoke, and the entirety of the Bible has true practicality and reason behind it. Everything he spoke is for our benefit. To teach us, to guide us, and primarily to deliver us from that which bothers and harms us. All those words are for all people in all situations. They’re never just for the super spiritual person at that table, pastor’s kids, or the lady who is always super nice to everyone. God’s word is for all, and is never arbitrary. He always has a purpose.

 

Kevin Stelzer

1st Year Student Blogger

 

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