Who gives the ibis wisdom or gives the rooster understanding? Job 38:36
The artist determines what medium best suits her project. She chooses the brushes that assure her desired results. She selects and prepares her canvas or paper depending on the outcome she anticipates. The colors, the textures, the details, when it begins and when it ends … all rest on the artist’s preference for the particular project on which she is working. The artwork has no say in its creation. Even if it had an opinion and could express it, the artwork would be at the mercy of the creator.
The Creator in Us
While the artist controls her work, the Great Creator governs her. He has designed her according to His specifications. She had no choice in the natural color of her hair, eyes, or skin. Her bone structure, her height, as well as her tendency to be thin or heavyset … all these characteristics rest on His preference for her. The Creator even granted her creative abilities that she loves so much, to use for the length of her life, which He predetermined before she was ever conceived.
If given a choice in the matter, I would’ve selected different features for myself, like fewer spaces between my teeth and a higher metabolism. When I read Job chapters 38 and 39, God’s chastisement to Job refuted me deep in my soul. Who am I to question God’s creativity concerning me or anyone else for that matter? Was I there when He designed the universe? Do I know the path of the wind … where it came from or where it’ll go next? Have I visited the storehouse where snow and storms reside, awaiting the Master’s instruction? Have I counted the grains of sand on the beaches or named the stars?
The answer is, of course, a resounding no. It’s best to let the Master Creator tend to His creation without my input. He didn’t need my ideas when He fashioned the galaxies. And He doesn’t need them now. By His own imagination and His Word, He has furnished, planned, and prepared every resource known to mankind for our use. We cannot develop anything from nothing as He has and continually does.
God’s most wondrous work of art is humanity. From Him, we inherited our imaginations, which enable us to mimic His creativity.
Even so, our imaginations and creativity are only a small portion of God’s favor, which separates us from other creatures. We have been given a choice, by God’s design, to submit to the Creator’s hand or to ignore His divine intervention in our lives. Each time a person submits to Him, God begins a work within that individual that is deeper, lovelier, and more spirited than was possible before.
Who has given your mind understanding and put wisdom in your heart?
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by Brenda K. Hendricks
Brenda K. Hendricks is an artist who has experimented with her gift of painting most of her life. She enjoys imparting artistic skills, as well as knowledge of the Creator, to participants at art parties, retreats, and other Christian events. In addition to her love of painting, she has discovered a passion for writing. When not creating, Brenda hops on the seat behind her husband, Gene, to zoom over hill and dale on their Harley, admiring the wonders of nature in Central Pennsylvania where they live. The couple has been blessed with two daughters, seven grandchildren, and a psycho Airedale terrier named Hunter.