For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
God’s perfect creation
An artist splashes a canvas with a profusion of color from the very softest of hues to the most brilliant palette. The poet pens a verse using lyrical rhythms and word pictures that capture our sense of the aesthetic. A musician composes a symphony, weaving harmonious sounds into a glorious hymn of praise. A story-teller weaves a graphic tale that lifts us out of the mundane into an imaginary world and provides a temporary diversion from reality. A journalist compiles a scientific account of this marvel, opening up new vistas for our intellects. A photographer captures a moment of breathtaking beauty. A richness of diversity has evolved from a familiar marvel of nature, one too often taken for granted. What do you see in a beautiful sunset?
My imperfect creation
A thought, a feeling, an idea is God-breathed into a life, but how that inspiration is expressed is a very individual matter. You will display your own distinctive imagination which will be characteristic of your distinctive personality, talents, interests and experiences in life. All of these creative outpourings bear witness to one particular scene in nature, yet each is as unique as the person who originates it. The marvelous thing is that people unable to adequately express their own feelings tangibly may be inspired by any of these methods of interpretation. Our eyes and minds feast on the fruit of the labor of others, and we reap the benefits: encouragement, satisfaction, joy and often simply an unreserved sense of wonder.
Inspiration is the infusion or arousal within the mind of some idea, feeling or impulse, especially one that leads to creative action. It is the creative impulse of an artist, often seen as a supernatural prompting; a person who or a thing that inspires, and to inspire is to move with divine influence; to fill with creative power. The Hebrew, neshâmâh, means a puff, i.e. wind, vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect, inspiration, soul, spirit. “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” In the New Testament, the Greek is theopneustos: divinely breathed in, given by inspiration from God. It is a presumed derivative of theos (a deity, especially the supreme Deity) and pneo, a word meaning to breathe hard, breeze, blow. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” The wind of the Spirit of God blows on us, and we are inspired to some action, great or small.
Effort and energy must be constant companions of creative action if the desired goal is to be
Creating a symphony of sound
attained. You cannot dispense with hard work. There is a clear distinction between God’s creativity and that of man. God created by His word–He simply spoke things into being; He created everything from nothing. Man creates with action, not speech, and must accomplish it from already-existing substance.
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” God is His own inspiration, but mankind needs the inspiration of God in order to be creative. The Bible was written by men, but those men first had to receive from God before they could record it. Yet each man wrote according to his own style. “…God did not dictate the manuscript of the Old Testament to these writers as if they were secretaries. He revealed His truth to them and showed them how they should present it; but in so doing He led them to express His word in terms of their own outlook, interests, literary habits and peculiarities of style.” 1 This accounts for the variations in the gospels. Four men from completely different backgrounds- a tax-collector (businessman), a physician, a young man and a fisherman–all recorded the same events, yet their descriptions often appear inconsistent. Matthew and John were eye-witnesses of most of these events. Each recorded only a fragment of the whole, but when the pieces are
joined, like a jigsaw puzzle, the whole picture emerges. Personal experience plays a large part in the way inspiration is expressed. Creative writing, for example, can develop into a diversity of forms: a simple setting down of thoughts in a diary or journal, short stories, devotionals, books, articles, songs, letters, Bible studies. Each will reveal something about the writer: personality, lifestyle, morals, interests, spirituality, motivation, desires. The Book of Psalms is an excellent example of poetic writing. David turned creative impulse into words that have inspired and encouraged millions of people down through the ages.
Art galleries display a profusion of paintings that give pleasure to multitudes. The airwaves resonate with sounds of music. Library shelves are brimming with books. Inspiration must have an outlet, a creative action, or frustration will ensue. “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” 1 Jeremiah received a word from God. Because of previous opposition to his prophecies, he determined this time to keep it to himself. But that word burned within him until he had to release it. When God reveals something to us, it is our responsibility to bring it forth, at the right time, in the channel best suited to us as individuals. Inspiration must bear fruit. Like faith, it cannot stand alone.1
All true creativity originates in God, the Creator of all, regardless of the mode of expression:
Books filled with inspired stories
music, prose, poetry, art, public speaking, preaching. When God acts, Satan counterfeits that action. Presumably, writers of pornography, heavy rock, etc., imagine they are inspired. But when Satan is the source, the result is destructive, never creative, never life-giving. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”1 Satan’s inspiration is in direct opposition to God and never exhibits life. Satan has come only to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy”. Jesus has come to give “life more abundantly”.1
God’s Word where inspiration begins
Inspiration begins in the mind. It must capture the emotions, the intellect and the will before it can be shaped into some form of tangible action. An idea comes. You are emotionally stimulated to proceed by research and planning. Finally you craft and hone the idea until it shines like a polished gem for the world to see. You have birthed a poem or a painting, a story, a sermon, a song. The finished work can now be shared with others, and possesses the potential to motivate them towards their own unique output. And so the cycle continues: creative impulse flows, inspiration is expressed, the world is blessed and God’s revelation lives on.
Thought for the day: Allow the Lord to inspire you and run with it, past all interference, until you reach your goal.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit would rest on every person who reads these pages. Let their minds and spirits open like blossoms in springtime to produce a beautiful fragrance that will spread to all around. May they run with the vision You give them, and may Your word be fulfilled in them. For those who do not believe they have the ability to produce anything worthwhile, enlighten their minds to see that You have given each one of us at least one talent. Help them to see that if they refuse to put that talent to work, it will shrivel and die, but if they will use that gift for Your glory You will multiply it beyond their imagination. Remind them of the parable of the talents that Jesus taught His disciples. Remind us all that we have been made in the image of God, the Creator, and therefore must have the ability to create, small or great, because of that. I pray that all who utter the words of this prayer will have their every God-given desire fulfilled and be encouraged and uplifted in spirit to do exploits for You. Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness. Amen.
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