When Beauty Is Contradicted

In nature there is great beauty and great contradiction.  Wind can be a soft breeze or a tornado or hurricane, the gentle lapping waves of the sea can become powerful crashing waves, powdery falling snow can turn into an icy blowing blizzard, and the sun can be warm and lovely or a blinding searing heat.

Likewise, there is great beauty in man and there can be ugliness.  There are kind, loving, compassionate people and there are mean, hateful, destructive people.  There are those who are honest, hard-working, and humble and there are those who are opportunists, philanderers, filled with boastful pride.

The world, of nature and man, is beautiful but it can also be a scary place.  God did not create it to be so, but so it is.  What are we to do when the beauty is sometimes in the shadows of ugliness?  How are we to respond when everything seems chaotic and out of control?  What does God have to say?

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, and of love, and of self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7 niv

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

Philippians 4:6 amplified bible

It is interesting that we are not only told what not to do, be timid or anxious, but also the actions we are to take to eliminate the negative response.  We are reminded that we have a spirit of power and love and self-discipline.  And, with that spirit we are told to pray and petition, pray and ask specifically, with grateful hearts, telling God what we want.

Whenever we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations or circumstances, and we begin to fear and fret and feel anxious what we must do is remember His Word.  It is filled with the “Holy Spirit’s Comforting Commands” for everything and all circumstances.

Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions.  Do what I say and you will live well.  My teaching is as precious as your eyesight–guard it!  Write it on the back of your hands; etch it on the chambers of your heart.

Proverbs 7:1-3 msg

See another comforting command!

I wonder at the contradictions of this world.

I wonder at the harmony of the Spirit in this world.

Just wondering…

4 thoughts on “When Beauty Is Contradicted

  1. If I may add my two cents to this…

    1Co 15:1 Now I make known unto you brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand,
    1Co 15:2 by which also ye are saved, if ye hold fast the word which I preached unto you, except ye believed in vain.
    1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    1Co 15:4 and that he was buried; and that he hath been raised on the third day according to the scriptures; (ASV)

    So, the gospel is the death, and burial, and resurrection. The combination is what is important. Without the suffering and death which Jesus endured, there would have been no rising, no triumph over death, and our redemption would not have been complete.

    Scripture interprets itself. That is why we are commanded to study and rightly divide it. And even then, we need the Holy Spirit’s help.

    • Hi Dimple,
      Of course you can add your two cents! . You have gotten right down to the basics. The death, burial, and ressurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation and center of our faith. Without belief in those facts we would just be another group of people doing their own thing. Yes, scripture does interpert itself and we need the Holy Spirit to guide us. And I believe the Spirit uses many means to get us to the truth found in scripture.
      Thank you for adding to the discussion. Your wisdom is always welcome.

  2. In first verses is it Paul speaking his particular theological understandings ? Or God through him? I ask because I have read different interpretations of Paul’s writing. Some conflict. For example Paul emphasizes the crucified Christ as road to Redemption. Crucifixion is central. I absorb the risen Christ in my life for Redemption and is why the cross is vacant in Protestant churches. Is God also speaking through the wise men that give us understand and doctrine like Luther, Calvin or the Early Catholic Fathers? When I discuss our Faith, you see most of my sentences end with question marks not periods.

    • I love your questions, Carl. I have many many questions myself, and I think, many of them will remain unanswered until Jesus returns. I believe scripture is all inspired by God but personalities and life experiences of the writers influence the way they write. I also believe there are many ways to look at scripture; in context of when it was written and to who, speaking to the current church, the foretelling future events, and speaking to the individual where they are and in their need..

      Does God speak through the fathers of the faith, I believe so. I believe, too, that I hear God’s word to me from many diverse sources, sermons, bible studies, books, music, nature, dreams, friends… He is everywhere and uses whatever we need to hear His message.

      All that being said, it is important to have discernment in all things. And most importantly, this is all my opinion. I am a woman on a journey and it is not without its mistakes and occasional wrong turn. I often wonder at how the Lord keeps showing me the way!.

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