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Topic: Art (01/18/07)
TITLE: God Is an Artist
By Charles Salmon
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Our home is full of objects of art. Nothing really expensive, they are just “pretty things.” We have them and treasure them simply because we like them.
Among them is a small Thomas Kincade print, an original oil painting given us by a dear friend in a former ministry, and a colorful onyx table top which was a gift from a Mexican friend. I suppose the most treasured of all is a signed limited edition print we bought while vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The original was painted by an artist on St. John and it shows the very bay where we vacationed. I have dozens of photos taken there, but none can rival the beauty of the painting.
I know every home has such treasured objects. Many of them are precious to the owners but mean nothing to others. As the old saying goes, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Do you realize every beautiful work of art we produce is neither more nor less than an effort to mimic the creative power of God and the matchless beauty of His creation? God is the greatest of all artists. Furthermore, it is He Who created in us the unique capacity to appreciate the beauty of His creation.
Can any painting made by man rival the dazzling beauty of a starlit sky on a clear night, the magnificence of a snow-capped mountain peak, or the engaging twinkle in a baby’s eyes? They all reflect the beauty of their Creator in a way no painting, sculpture, or photo ever will.
Most amazing of all, God has given us the ability to enjoy the beauty of His creation. The Cardinal can’t revel in the glory of his plumage. To a cow, a rolling green meadow dotted with canopied shade trees and sprinkled with spring wild flowers, is just a place to eat. A dappled woodland with rays of morning sun slanting through high branches is only camouflage for the cottontail. You and I, created in God’s image, have been given the awesome capacity to marvel at the beauty of a rainbow, a sunset, or a sweet smile on the face of a loved one.
God’s creation is a work of art, and, like the pretty things in our homes, it tells us much about the Creator, “For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,” Rom 1:20 NIV. What a powerful, surprising, and loving God we serve!
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