Earlier this week I overheard someone say, “It’s difficult to create a purely secular work of art.” The very act of creating something reflects one of the aspects of the nature of God. There are many more, to be sure, but we’ll only deal with one of His attributes here… His creative nature. As the Bible opens in Genesis, the first thing we learn about Elohim is that He creates.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
And what a creative God He is! Just look around you! Scientist have recently discovered a galaxy, now named MACS0647-JD, that is about 13.3 billion light-years away from earth. Meaning, if you could travel at the speed of light (186,000 miles/second), it would still take you 13.3 billion years to get there! The universe is huge! Filled with galaxies and planets, suns and moons, all painted with a beautiful palette of colors. And only a Being greater than the universe itself could have created the universe. What a mighty God we serve!!
Later, in Genesis 1:27, we see that God continued His work.
“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.”
For all the glory of the galaxies, and the twinkling of the stars, human beings were the pinnacle of God’s creation, for only we were created in the image of God. We were created to create! Our natural instinct to tell jokes and stories, paint pictures and write songs are all part of being created in God’s image. We can worship God, not only in our singing, but by doing what he has created us to do. You were created to create!
This week, I would encourage you to pick up a pen or paintbrush, tune up that old guitar, or sit down at your computer and write, compose… create! A good book is a good thing, even if it’s not a Bible commentary. So is a great piece of music, or a beautifully designed building, or a fantastic film or play. God made us to be creative just as He is creative, and when we participate in creation, we reflect the very image of God.
These images are just some of my favorites. Check out more amazing images of God’s handiwork at HubbleSite.