How does Philippians 4:4-7 apply to those who do not know God? In light of the reality of the return of Christ, should a lost person be anxious? I think the answer is yes and rightly so. Even though this exhortation in Philippians 4 was written to true followers of Jesus, it has application for those who are in unrepentant sin. When considering the return of Christ, a person trusting in Jesus has no reason to be anxious yet someone who rejects Jesus and continues in sin has every reason to be anxious and worry. Romans 1:18-19 says this of those people, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.” This is a scary reality. Even though many seek to be free from anxiety by ignoring the reality of God when committing sin, the truth is that they are simply suppressing the truth and it will only work for so long in light of Philippians 4:4, “The Lord is at Hand”.
Are you or is someone you know running from the reality of God? Anyone running to sin instead of God needs to see the reality of the Lord’s return and run to Jesus so that they can see freedom from being anxious about anything and so that they can have the peace of God’s presence.