Paul instructed the Philippians that they were not supposed to worry about anything. Hold on a second! Did he really mean anything? Let’s stop there and consider the ramifications of such an instruction. Surely we should worry about something! What about nuclear warfare, global warming, pestilences, famines, wars, obesity, and Christian persecution? Surely there must be something that we are allowed to worry about as believers! Come on Paul! Be reasonable!
Paul lived in tumultuous times. Believers were incarcerated, tortured, and killed. They were executed in public arenas in horrible circumstances. He knew that his readers were worried about many things, but he wrote them to stop worrying. Why?