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God as Artist

September 1, 2011

Dear Izaac and Zoe and Tricy,

“We believe in God the Father, maker of heaven and earth…”

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” Genesis 1:1

God is an artist, a creative genius unlike any other being who ever was or ever will be because he created everything out of nothing. Of course there are many other great artists but they are all working with materials that God created. The idea that God is Creator, (do you see the similarities to our word creative?) and an artist is a thrilling thought and we can see it all around us literally every day of our lives. We can see it in trees and sky and ground and animals and even in ourselves, our very bodies are marvels that are wonderfully made. When I was about Izaac’s age an older friend of mine gave me a book call In His Image that described various aspects of how our bodies work and the artistry that God used in making them. I was fascinated by the thought of all the amazing detail involved and the complexity of the various systems in our own bodies.

Just think about all the moving parts of the body that we can see: our arms and legs which give us strength to lift things and move our bodies in various directions. Think about your ankles and wrists and elbows and knuckles, the joints that allow us to move other parts of our bodies in many different directions. Then there’s all the stuff we don’t see on the inside. Our heart which pumps gallons of blood all day and night. Our stomachs which help us take other things God has made (fruits, vegetables, and grains) and turn them into energy for our bodies to keep working and doing pretty much whatever we ask it to do. And really we’re just scratching the surface here! There are so many things going on in our body that we would have a hard time even keeping track! They just happen automatically!

Psalm 139

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

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  1. September 1, 2011 2:16 pm

    I’m loving this series, Kevin. We truly are fearfully and wonderfully made.

    I “riffed” off of this on my blog again.

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