Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Anything and Every

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, 7 NIVUK)

If you were around on Sunday you'll have heard me speak on the verses above (if not you can listen to it here). One of the things I said (slightly jokily) was that having studied the true meaning in the Greek of the words for 'anything' and 'every' my conclusion was that those words really do mean 'anything' and 'every'. These words are absolutely key. If 'anything' actually means 'most things', or 'every situation' actually means 'the majority of situations' then the verse stops being a promise and becomes a self help suggestion which may or not work depending on your circumstances.

Well I'm not a Greek scholar, but I do want to reassure you that those words mean exactly what we would naturally take them to mean.

'Do not be anxious about anything' is actually just two words in the Greek, 'méden merimnate' which I'm told literally translates to 'nothing be-ye-worrying-about'. If you want to see where else méden is used in the Bible and how it gets translated then you'll probably find this fascinating!

Similarly 'but in every situation' is three words, 'all en panti' which literally translates to 'but in everything'. Here is a definition of the word for everything, and where else the Bible uses it. When Paul wrote everything he really meant to say everything.

So this week God doesn't want you to be anxious about anything. Regardless of how big or small it is, whether you created the situation or it just happened to you, whether it impacts you or someone you love, whether it's just happened or has been going on for years and whether or not the people around you think it's a big deal. Whatever it is take it to God in prayer and his peace can be yours.


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