AT WORK

I have been teaching art to some children this year. Each week, 17 kids, ages 5-12 make their way to my basement and create.  We are in the middle of making miniature hot-air balloons so we can imagine traveling from country to country in our journey around the world. They have created giraffes, hippos, Kente cloth from Africa, and big red barns from Wisconsin. Pumpkins and turkeys will give a nod to our Thanksgiving holiday. We plan on “visiting” England, Australia, France, and Mexico in the coming weeks.

UNIQUE CREATION

As I get to know each student I am learning to recognize their artwork. They each have their own individual style. I am amazed at what they can do with the raw materials I give them.

If you would look in my basement you would see their creations hanging up or laying out to dry.  Some things are tucked away in their portfolios. There hasn’t been an explosion in my basement that caused these things to appear. You would recognize that someone has been at work.

Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith, we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”

AT HIS WORD

We are asked to believe that God made the world. It was a purposeful act.  None of us were there. There is no way for us to prove it. We have to take Him at His word. Either He is telling the truth or He is a liar. God gives us the account in Genesis 1-2. If we are to walk by faith we must believe it.  I will let God’s words convince you, not mine.

“Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, The one who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:26 (NASB)

“All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” John 1:3 (NASB)

“…since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so they are without excuse…” Romans 1:19-21 (NASB)

“…even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.” Romans 4:17 (NASB)

NOT AN ACCIDENT

Spend some time looking around today. Does what you see look like an accident or an explosion? Next,  go back and read Genesis 1-2. That God created the world is the only credible explanation. If we are to live by faith, believing in creation is foundational.

COMFORT IN CREATION

Take comfort that His creation is all around us to remind us of who He is and what He is capable of. He has not left us here alone. He has a purpose and a plan. Believe it. Don’t let this world’s trouble tear your eyes from your only hope.

“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14 (NASB)

Reprinted with permission from Karen Pickering, https://windowsofhisgrace.com

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