Did God Not Say That?

Published on January 10, 2011 by CT in Blog, Kindling


It’s better to meditate on what God’s word actually says, but it can also be useful at times to meditate on what God’s word does not say.

Here’s what I mean. Recently, I borrowed Anna’s Bible and happened upon a note (from a Beth Moore Bible study I believe) she had handwritten beside Philippians 4:6-7.

This is how the verse appears in Scripture:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

This is how Anna’s note, casting the verse in the negative, appears:

“Do not be calm about anything, but in everything without prayer and without humility, without any thankfulness, do not tell God what you need.  Then, you will not have any peace, nor understanding or clarity, so your heart will be open to all and your mind will be like the sea tossed to and fro by the wind.”

God’s word, as inspired by His Spirit, is like a jewel. It is a wonder to behold, but turning it can give another perspective that’s beautiful as well.  I think that’s what’s going on here.  The Spirit meant every word He inspired, so we do well to pour over each word and think deeply on what He meant.  But there are times when we can benefit by thinking over what He did not say as well.

Question:  What does your favorite verse look like in the negative?

  • Scott Branham

    CT – one of my favorites is James 1:17-18: "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

    As a way of self-rebuking and to remind myself of what lies on the other side that tries to consume me each and every day, I often think of these verses as such: "Every temporary, materialistic and self-satisfying gift comes from the depths, and is given to us by Satan, who alters his character to deceive us into believing that his offerings are the way of life. He acknowledges and capitalizes on our sinful nature through being born of this earth and preys on the possibility that we might be a kind of firstfruits to him that he created."

    • http://cravesomethingmore.org Chris_Tomlinson

      Hey bro: scary, and insightful. So I guess that's scary insightful. Thanks for your thoughts.

  • Deirdre

    LOVED this blog & it got me thinking, okay, WHAT would my favorite verse sound like. Mine's Zeph 3:17 "The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Here goes: "The LORD your God has abandoned you, forgotten you, wants nothing to do with you, because He is a simpering weakling who can't do a thing for you. He's just a crutch for those with weak intellect & poor character. He will holler at you every time you make a mistake, keep you at arm's length, reject you & tell you that you are no good." !

  • Deirdre

    It's become my favorite verse because I grew up in a household much like the negative of it. Knowing God is with me, is mighty, can save me, takes DELIGHT in me, quiets me with his love (rather than scolding me for being upset, or angry, or hurt) & rejoices over me with singing — did you hear that? With singing? Yes, with singing, like a mother soothes a hurting or tired or cranky child. I feel so cherished when I read Zeph 3:17 that I've seriously thought about getting a vanity plate with it inscribed so I NEVER forget how much He loves me! thanks for the reminder of why God's word is so precious

    • http://cravesomethingmore.org Chris_Tomlinson

      Deirdre, I love the picture of delighting and singing in this verse you quoted! Thanks for the reminder back =) of why God's word is so precious.