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We should value craftsmanship, beauty, creativity! But Calvin’s protest is not so much the exaltation of man made in the image of God, but procrastination about his unfinished assignment! We have the tremendous ability to be creative like our God. But as sinners, we can use the best truths about man’s make-up to explain our laziness and indolence. We are both fallen and gloriously created in His image!
Oh, if it were that simple to just think a new car into existence! Without getting too spiritual, isn’t it true that man really wants to be his own CREATOR? Part of our being made in the image of God is our ability to create, but this video defies all logic, doesn’t it? It seems the parts of this new car just materialize out of thin air at the wishes of the young man sitting down.
That’s power, isn’t it? While ingenuous, this commercial doesn’t inspire me to find the building he was on, plot myself down on that simple chair, and think a new car into existence around me! It makes me grateful for man’s creativity — which he got from His Maker!
1 In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, Lord,[c] is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!
Why does man create? Could it be that because we are made in the image and likeness of God, we have a desire to produce things, make art, craft objects that express that truth? We are not meaningless accidents formed in the primordial belch of the universe, but individuals who express our creatureliness, even when we are bored!
How do you express your creativity?
1. What is it about us that we don’t want to connect the dots the way we’re told to?
2. Do you find in your life that when you ignore how GOD says to connect the dots, and you insist on connecting them the way you want to, that you don’t come out with a very good picture — of a duck — or of your life?
3. Isn’t life really a combination of dot-connecting and creative integrity? When we get the two mixed up — the absolutes versus the imaginary — WE get mixed up!