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.