Late one night, while English majors were sleeping, the word creative morphed from being merely an adjective—“a creative person”—into a noun. “She’s a creative.” It happened first in the advertising world circa 1962. Mad Men, all that.
The best definition of a creative? The Lord himself.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). What a remarkable declaration of His sovereignty! The Hebrew word bara’ means “create,” but it also means “choose.”
In the beginning, God chose.
He made a mind-boggling series of choices. Light and dark, land and sea, birds and animals, plants and trees, male and female. “All things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16). Through His power. For His pleasure.
The beauty of His creation points to the beauty of Him. Our online sister, Tes, is awed by “all the colors He makes. He is an artist!” And Angie is amazed that “everything He has created has its own unique qualities.”
No two alike. Each one distinct.
God chose the particular look, sound, taste, scent, and texture of everything. Including us.
We have the privilege of enjoying His creation, but make no mistake—it was all about Him from day one. “For thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11).
He is the One who says, “It is good.” He chooses. He decides. He creates. He approves. He refines.
Whenever I lose sight of His staggering creative powers, I take a page from Isaiah and walk outside on a clear summer night. “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name” (Isaiah 40:26).
The One who names the stars calls you by name and calls you His.
When He knit you in your mother’s womb, our creative God was just getting started. In due time, you were born—a miracle!—and then, Lord willing, you were born again. Another miracle! “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
He is not finished creating you, beloved. You can be “confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Especially in those moments when we feel undone, isn’t it comforting to know He’s not done?
Heavenly Father, out of nothing, You made everything. You created us. You chose us. We’re grateful that You are still molding us, still shaping us into the image of Your Son, because our flaws are huge, Lord, and our weaknesses are undeniable. We need You. We love You. We trust You. We praise You. We thank You.
Where do you see God’s creativity on display right this minute, right where you are? Take a second to share your thoughts below. We’d love to know what you’re seeing!
Your grateful sister, Liz