“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 NASB
In Strong’s concordance, ‘nothing’ is shown to be more accurately translated as ‘not even one’. As in, not even for one, single thing – do not be anxious. We, of course, as believers, need to live wisely and prudently. This verse isn’t saying to be mindless or careless.
The verse is saying that we have a Father in Heaven who cares about us. We can bring to Him our needs, our requests, our worries, our praise, our everything.
When a little child expects to be picked up, she will just lift her arms up in the direction of her loved one. And thankfully, for most little children, there are loving arms to pick her up. What if we had that type of expectancy when turning towards God? What if we were confident that He would ‘pick us up’ because we know He picked us up last time? This confidence and expectancy is a key ingredient in having a thankful heart full of gratitude.
Everything doesn’t go the way we want all the time. There are a lot of times when too much of what we don’t want is happening. However, in it all, we are not alone. And God cares. He’s waiting for us with those loving arms.