I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. My soul knows that very well.
– Psalm 139:14
Nature gives us incredible reasons to glorify and praise God. From the magnificence of a mountainous skyline to the feel of a baby’s fuzzy head we know, we simply know, that God is the author of creation. We are God’s creatures; living in the creation, created by the Creator. All of these words point to one God’s most supreme qualities: creativity.
Creativity is intimately woven into God’s character and makes Him evident to us. To see the works of His hands is to see Him.
When we are amazed by the golden edge of a cloud at sunset, we are experiencing in a physical manifestation His warmth and goodness to us. When unrelenting waves crash against the shoreline we feel His unrelenting power and greatness. A cool breeze on a hot afternoon refreshes and replenishes us, as if it were the Holy Spirit coursing through our soul. A tree, laden with snow and still in the cold and crisp morning air sharpens our senses, reminding us of His presence. From soaring mountains to flat deserts our senses experience the terrain of the spiritual world. These are echoes of God’s majesty. All of these things attest to His creativity. God reveals His glory to us through His creativity.
While His creative work benefits us in this way, this is not the sole reason why He creates. When we see a beautiful lake or feel the touch of a lover, we might inwardly pray, “Thank you, God, for creating this for me to enjoy.” This is a good and proper response, but it is not a complete response. It only captures His creativity in light of our seeing it. Creativity, like all of God’s essence, stands quite apart from our enjoyment of it.
When the first underwater explorers began to experience an entire world below the surface of the seas they were stunned and awed by beauty that had never before graced the eyes of man. Why had it been in existence for all these years? It exists to glorify Him as an ongoing and unseen testimony of His creativity. When the microscope first gave us a glimpse of a miniature and unseen world it opened up a whole new world never before known to us. From the beginning of time it was known only to Him. As our telescopes reach ever further into space we are privileged to peer into realms known only to Him. Imagine the worlds of creativity that we will never see! His creativity is infinite! God creates for His own glory and enjoyment – quite apart from us.
Creativity also helps us to understand how we are created in His image. It is a part of His nature and He has given us creative powers. We, His creatures, love to create. We paint, build, draw, sew, design, mold, form, write, and so many other things – often for no more reason than enjoying the act of doing it. There is creativity in thought, culture, art and literature, work, economics, and in all other areas of life.
Theologians have long discussed what it really means to be made in His image. Our ability to create and be creative is certainly an expression of Him in us. Our creativity is authored by Him and comes His hand. It is one of the most important ways that we can imitate Him. When we create, we are simply acting out one purpose for which He formed us. He is extending His creativity through us. We reveal His glory when we are creative.
A Prayer for Creativity
“Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing your creative nature to me. You are filled with infinite imagination and endless innovation. Your hands form works that are too much for me to comprehend. I glorify you that though I would have eternal opportunities to explore your creativity, I would never be able to exhaust the ways in which you have created. I am thrilled that there are unknown worlds that testify to your beauty and wonder. Thank you for giving me the ability to create. I revel in the fact that I can experience what it means to form something new that might reflect the smallest portion your splendor. Help me, Lord, to create in a way that honors you and brings glory to you.”