Power, Love, and Self Discipline


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. - Genesis 1: 1-2

When I read these two verses, I imagine the Spirit of God hovering over our current world.

An image out of an apocalyptic movie comes to mind. Chaos and confusion reigns. There is no structure. Everything is so noisy. There’s a tangible fear filling the environment.

In Genesis we learn that God created the Heaven and Earth. He separated night from day and water from the earth. He organized everything to have its own space.

Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 gives us a whole rundown of just how organized God really is. Why don’t you take a moment to read through these verses below?

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Do you also get the impression that Solomon really believes in proper scheduling?

I think we all have first-hand experience of just how detrimental confusion can be.

At work, in our personal lives, and our relationships:

- Work not getting done on time and deadlines not being met

- Tasks implemented incorrectly and possibly even job losses

- Relationships ruined because of misunderstandings

- Failing your exams because there was confusion at college

- Imagine confusion in an operating theatre!

People nowadays make a living sorting out other people’s chaos. There are even TV shows that show people how to sort out their lives and clutter in their homes.

Today, as a mom with various deadlines and a busy schedule, I really appreciate the importance of lists, good communication, and preparation. The moment chaos enters my environment, it’s like the devil swoops in and everything goes wrong. We lose our tempers and have arguments over silly things. We are irritable. I am definitely not bearing good fruit when I’m in chaotic situations.

Ultimately chaos and confusion cultivate fear.

Which brings me to the verse that’s been on my heart for the past few days now.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. - 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

We need:

POWER (and wisdom) to identify those items, and sometimes even people, that add to the chaos in our lives

SELF-DISCIPLINE to work on improving whatever skills we need in order to improve the chaos in our lives

And LOVE to help us deal with our loved-ones while we battle chaos.

Reflection

1. What is currently causing chaos in your life?

2. What can you do in order to sort out the chaos in your life?

Prayer

Dear God, we thank You for Your bringing order and peace to our lives. Holy Spirit, please help us identify the triggers that bring chaos and give us the wisdom to deal with them according to Your will.

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