Transfixed on the skyline as far as the eye could see, there I was observing the dawn approach and watching. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the sunrise. That simple, elegant beauty has been created by an Artist. God, by nature of who he is, is the ultimate Artist. The sunrise is one example of countless that shows the supreme example of an artist: God Himself.
“God’s art speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like.” -Francis Chan
God has revealed Himself to us in two ways: Nature and the Bible. In the Bible, we have examples of God’s desire for beauty. The first example is simply what he has created in nature at the beginning of Genesis. Later in Exodus, we have God commanding in minute detail how his tabernacle would be built. Amidst these commands, we have beautiful works of art that are displayed and crafted by men who were renowned for their ability and called to work for the Lord: Bezalel and Oholiab.
Humans, being made in his image, show that he is an artist by nature. Shakespeare, Dante, Michelangelo, and Bach are men who excelled in their field of artistic expertise. If God was not an artist by nature, we as humans would not be endowed with such abilities.
Since God is the ultimate Artist and we have been given the gift of artistry, we should strive with excellence in developing the artistic skill that has been given to us. The Lord commands us to work as we would work directly for Him. If we have been given children, we have a responsibility to pass on what is good, true and beautiful. Finally, we are to serve the Lord with the artistic gifts we have been given (i.e. musician in worship). God, as the ultimate artist, has blessed us with the ability to appreciate and to engage in the gift of art.
Enjoying and engaging in art can be a unique way to fulfill man’s chief end, which is: To glorify God and to enjoy him forever.
For Further Discussion:
Should We Care About Art? by: Geoff Stevens
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