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The Creativity of God

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Have you noticed how the very same piece of music can have different meanings at different times?

Let’s think about a hypothetical song and call it ‘N’. When you first heard N it didn’t really strike you, but after a couple of listens it began to stir a feeling of excitement and joy in you. This feeling lasted for a few more plays but after a few weeks of listening to the song the excitement waned and you began to find N to be rather boring. A few years later you heard the song again and it made you feel melancholy, evoking a time in the past when your sense of self was palpably different.

What the experiences I have described above should tell us about the song is that its meaning is not contained within the song itself but is instead located in our reaction to it.

But what is it that causes our reaction to a piece of music?

If I’m correct and God is not only the creator but also the animator of all activity in existence, this means He is responsible for the emotions we experience when we listen to a piece of music. God is literally putting thoughts and feelings into our minds and bodies as we listen.

I have used the example of music in this article, but the same explanation could be stated for all creative works. The value of a piece of art is not in the thing itself, but rather in what God brings to the piece via our reactions to it.

Have you ever wondered why a bizarre abstract painting even qualifies as a piece of art? It’s because God evokes a certain reverence for it in the minds of those who view it.

Taking this suggestion to its logical conclusion, it would be correct to say that God is behind every book, every painting, every song, every movie, every opera, every theatre production, etc. He is behind every piece of creative work – and most importantly every interpretation of every creative work – that has ever been made in the history of humanity.

What does this tell us about the incredible power and creativity of God?

Of course, the examples I have given of human art only scratch the surface. I have said nothing of the plants, animals, stars, planets, foods, and an infinite amount of other objects and beings that are part of God’s creative work.

I find the infinite creativity of God to be truly awe-inspiring.

Don’t you?

48 comments

  1. Nature is Gods creative work its best. I feel closer to God in a garden or on a mountainside than in a man-made building.
    I sometimes wonder if creating humanity was actually Lucifer’s doing and the crime that he committed in order to become the fallen angel….you can certainly see his influence in the behaviour of many people.

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  2. I do, also.

    The opening verse of the book of Genesis narrates:

    “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

    This reveals God as a Creator.

    He creates and brings unseen things into reality and also wire us intricately with the ability to appreciate His creation.

    Most especially, I am super excited about the fact that I can also create since I am made in God’s image and likeness.

    I am a partaker of His Divine Wisdom. And so are you.

    This post was worth the read.

    Happy writing, Steven.πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi there!

      Thanks for reading, and for leaving a comment. I agree that we are instruments in God’s metaphorical hands, but this is true because He is in control of our lives. Saying ‘Yes’ to God, whatever that may mean, is something of which He is in control, as He is unfolding His will for all our lives.

      That’s my understanding. And yes, His creation certainly seems to be an amazing masterpiece!

      Blessings,

      Steven

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  3. One of the most amazing examples (to me) of seeing this in action was when a group of the “Lost Boys of the Sudan” toured the Boeing factory back in the early 2000’s. As one of the boys entered a striped down 747 being produced they were told that there was over 2500 miles of wiring (i think this is correct) in the plane. Looking at the multi-colored wires running allover the place the young man proclaimed that only the hand of God could create such a marvel.

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  4. I completely agree! Romans 1:20 says, β€œFor his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable.” Observing nature helps us to see God’s power, creativity, organization and even his sense of humor. Everything in nature is organized, self-sustaining, self-cleaning and would go on forever without any assistance from humans. We are blessed to be made in the image of Jehovah and Jesus Christ so we are able to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch his beautiful creations.

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  5. Oh yes absolutely! God is super creative! I love worship and I find that during worship is the time that God speaks to me the most! It will just be one line of a song that I would normally just sing that will bring me to tears suddenly and I will have a very profound divine appointment with God suddenly on what those words mean to me and my relationship with Him. I love that He speaks to me this way! He also speaks to me through nature, beautiful moments with people and even art. He is super creative and finds every creative and unique way to speak to each one of us at exactly the right time and in the exact way that we would find and hear it. We serve an awesome God!

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  6. If you ever have the time, check out the “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan. Sure he was an atheist, and many atheists see him as a hero, but Sagan’s writing of this complex universe works in such a clockwork-like fashion makes me think there is a God out there.

    That book is more than a fascinating read.

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  7. The music analogy caught me. How a song gets you in different ways, time and again. It’s a beauriful feeling, the different meaning drawn from good music, and in deed, all creative endeavours.

    And oh, it’s my first time here.
    Lovely blog. And content.

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    1. Hi Temi, and welcome! Lovely to meet you and thank you for the kind words. I was just reading your profile which seems really interesting and unique. It’s good to be connected! Peace and blessings πŸ™πŸ»

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  8. I completely agree with this! I’ve been trying to explore the different facets of this concept–the creative nature of God–an idea first introduced to me in the John Wesley Honors College. While I have not gotten far, I’m working through what it means to live in a creative posture…to make concrete in our lives the creative image of God. Thinking of God in terms of the “animator” as well as creator will certainly be helpful moving forward. I believe you have some really great insight to share, and I encourage you to comment on my blog https://daughterof.design.blog I think my small community would benefit from some more of these wise words. Keep up the good work, and remember that the Lord can and will creatively use you as a Kingdom Changer if you are open and allow it. Blessings!

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