As a writer, I know a bit about creativity. I know first-hand the thrill of imagination and producing a story world populated with interesting characters facing tough challenges. I know the joy of stepping back from what I created and smiling because it’s pretty good. I know how exhausting creating can be and the relief found by collapsing on the couch to rest. And I know that as soon as I announced “It is finished!” on Facebook, my mind was soon filling up with fresh ideas for a new book.
When I think about the Ultimate Creator, I find we are very much alike! Genesis tells us that God created the physical world, populated it with all sorts of living creatures, and stepped back to proclaim “It is good.” Genesis also tells us that after creating for six days, God rested from all of His work.
But the story of creation didn’t end in Genesis because God is still creating. Don’t believe me? Consider these few examples.
After Adam and Eve, God still creates humanity. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13-16 NIV)
Beyond our physical frame, God creates, restores, and transforms hearts. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NIV) “And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” (Ezekiel 11:19-20 ESV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
We’ve already taken a look at how our planet is falling apart (LINK) so it should come as no surprise that God is still creating a place for His people to dwell. “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17 NIV) As Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 13:2-3 NIV) “Then I saw a new heaven and new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” (Revelation 21:1-2a NIV)
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)
Creation declares that God is not done creating.
What about you? What types of things do you create? If you created once, are you done creating? What is God creating in and for you?