“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
— Revelation 4:11 (NASB95)
About a decade ago, I participated in a theology study with a group of novelists. We used Wayne Grudem’s Bible Doctrine. The quote below is from Grudem’s more comprehensive study, Systematic Theology, on the subject Creation (Chapter 15, Section C. God Created the Universe to Show His Glory).
It seems that God created the universe, then, to take delight in his creation, for as creation shows forth various aspects of God’s character, to that extent he takes delight in it.
This explains why we take spontaneous delight in all sorts of creative activities ourselves. People with artistic or musical or literary skills enjoy creating things and seeing, hearing, or pondering their creative work. God has so made us to enjoy imitating, in a creaturely way, his creative activity. And one of the amazing aspects of humanity—in distinction from the rest of creation—is our ability to create new things. This also explains why we take delight in other kinds of “creative” activity: many people enjoy cooking, or decorating their home, or working with wood or other materials, or producing scientific inventions, or devising new solutions to problems in industrial production. Even children enjoy coloring pictures or building houses out of blocks. In all of these activities we reflect in small measure the creative activity of God, and we should delight in it and thank him for it.
Wow! As a writer, I certainly could relate to what Grudem stated above. I enjoy creating something new. What an amazing moment, when we begin to truly understand that God wants us to enjoy imitating His creativity.
When I sit down at my desk and imagine my characters and the setting in which they live and the problems and joys they experience, I am reflecting the creative activity of God. When I sit down with a skein of yarn and knit a prayer shawl, I am reflecting the creative activity of God.
Yes, all I am able to do is reflect God’s creativity. Mine is a flawed and imperfect version. But when God sees His creation showing forth aspects of His character, He delights in it. He delights in me. What an amazing truth!
What do you enjoy creating? Do you realize that God takes delight in your enjoyment of creative endeavors?
Go ahead. Get out those crayons and coloring books or that set of building blocks and create something new today!
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