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So…This is Art.

August 2, 2011

I don’t pretend to be an artist…and nobody has ever accused me of being one either.  I mean, I can draw stick figures with the best of them, but beyond that, to say that I am limited would be a drastic understatement.  I’m just not gifted that way.  So while I appreciate an art museum…talent is always fun to observe…there are times when I look at a painting and just don’t get it.  I know there is a reason that the artist chose to create in that way…but that reason often remains a mystery.

 It would be great if you would read through Ecclesiastes 8:9-17. 

 The truth is that this world…and everything in it…is the work of a Creator…the work of an Artist.  It bears the marks of design.  There is order, there is system, and there is tangible, observable, purpose.  Now here’s where it gets a little mixed up.  As much as we can see that order, we can see just as clearly when that order is distorted.  But that doesn’t remove the design, or the Designer from the equation.  This is His canvas…and when there are things that we don’t understand, it does not negate that there is purpose…His purpose.  Just like me standing in the MoMa looking at a piece of “art”…there are times when we observe the Master’s work, and just don’t get it.

 Solomon points out this exact thing in these verses…that we don’t get it.  It’s not an overly complex observation…he just points out the obvious reality that sometimes bad stuff happens, and it goes unpunished.  Verse 11 spells it out clearly when it says, “The sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily.”  We’ve all seen this.  The drunk driver crashes into the family and walks away.  The corrupt businessman gets rich while the day laborer, performing an honest task, struggles to keep the lights on.  Evidently, people aren’t a whole lot different than they were in Solomon’s day.  And just like in that day, God’s people often stand there and dwell on the things that they don’t understand…seriously…we do.  We become fixated on the mystery and lose faith in the obvious…essentially…we begin to doubt. 

 Isaiah gives us a glimpse into the workings of the Lord in Isaiah 55:8-9 which says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  Here, in this text, our God takes the time to essentially say, “Yep…there are things you aren’t going to get…but trust…my way is the right way.”  We have to get past the idea that we know what is best.  And listen, I know that’s far easier said than done.  But we have a God who commands each breath and each beating of every heart…and yet, we question Him?  Again, His ways are higher than our ways.  What Solomon commends to us is joy.  He’s telling you to go do your work…do it well…enjoy the fruits of your labor…and be joyful for the fact that our God is not an arbitrary deity…but a God w ho has made Himself known.  Joy is there for the taking…not mindless stupidity…true joy.  What our God wants for us is the joy that comes from knowing that He has the whole world in His hands…and He isn’t even breaking a sweat.  Wrap your mind around that…He holds the world…and there’s still room for more.  And, He’s a Father…a loving Father…a Father who will always do what is best for His children…a truth that was proven on the cross.  Now, that’s a beautiful picture…that’s redemption.

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  1. August 2, 2011 7:24 pm

    Cool. God is Such an artist.

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