Paul, as a prisoner, writes to all the saints in Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons, to encourage them against the four thieves of joy in this world: things, people, circumstances, and worry. These four things are often the source of anxiety. In this letter he gives them a very short and clear message in Philippians 4:5: The Lord is near. Paul didn’t minimize the facts of life in this world, but he deliberately puts them in perspective with this simple and short statement: The Lord is near.