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Words of Encouragement
By Brett Currah
I have noticed it is difficult for some people to understand how God can love such seemingly unlovable creatures. There are the obvious theological answers like, he loves us because God is love and he is our Father. While these are all true I have a way to look it that many may not have thought of. As an author I have found myself in love with my work. It may be a mess and it may be violent and at times, sad. That doesn’t keep me from loving it though. That doesn’t keep me from working on it and developing the characters. I think the Bible puts it best. It proclaims, “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” (Exodus 34:6-7). God loves us. More than that he forgives his messy, wicked and rebellious creation. Why? Because he loves his creation. He created us and then he saved us when we messed up. Why? Because he loves us!
I love the people in my book. Probably because I created them. I have had people react very differently to the characters than I have. I know them in a very specific and intimate way. They cannot see or hear me, but I can see them and hear them. I know things about them that nobody else does. God looks at us much in the same way, we are his creation. His prized possessions and nothing in the world will change that about us. At times we are violent and sad and difficult creatures, unworthy of love, but here we have with us a Father, Lord, Savior, brother and so much more. God has created us and he loves us with such a deep and an inexpressible emotion.
I have found that when writing, painting, acting, or whatever art form you wish to look at, the creator puts a bit of Himself into the work. The same goes for us. God himself created us in his own image or as the Bible puts it, “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26).
We were like him. Pure, holy and perfect. He also made us intelligent creatures. Often, I find at least, an artist does not always realize that they are putting a part of their soul into their creation until it is finished. How lucky are we that God did not do this by accident! When he created us he didn’t accidentally make us like himself, he made us that way on purpose. How does this apply now? We are no longer those perfect creatures that God had made. We may no longer be perfect, but we are loved none the less for he is our Father, our Creator and our Brother. Have faith that no matter how great of a mess you feel you have become, God still loves those who He created. As Jesus himself puts it, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17). It’s a classic quote I know, but it can never be overused in sharing the simple truth that is the love of God. How then is it so easy to doubt? If these simple truths are all laid out in the Bible over and over again then why is there doubt? Why is it so much easier to believe in evolution or because our minds are too close to the problem?
I had a pastor once describe it as our brain getting in the way. Another answer is that we might be scared. Perhaps it just too difficult. While I don’t have a clear and complex answer for each individual person since each individual person is different I can give the “simple answer”: Sin. An idea so abhorrent to heaven that God says all who sin must die. What’s funny is that it is so loved by the world that death is at times a favorable option to doing what is right. But there is hope! We have hope because of the one He sent. It is not by our work that we have been saved. It is through Christ, not by works so that no one can boast. Paul describes it best, probably because the Holy Spirit was working through him. What other assurance do we need than from God himself that even if we are sinful it is not by our own works. Paul writes, “ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”(Ephesians 2:8-9.) Be joyful and keep your mind at ease knowing that we are loved and that salvation is won for us.
Creators have a special connection with their creation. I would know. While the analogy of author to book is not perfect, I believe it is an apt analogy. If I can love a book so much to painfully toil over it for 4 years then think how much more God will toil over you, even if it is hard. He has had you picked out since before creation for crying out loud! 4 years is a blink of an eye in comparison. I’m going to leave you today with a story about why I chose that picture of that flower. While hiking in Oregon I came across this little flower. This picture was taken just at the edge of the precipice. Deep down below was the wide expanse of the valley. This flower was no more than the size of my pinky, probably not even that big. Yet there it was on this massive plateau growing and thriving. I left that flower there after enjoying the view with it for a while. I had seen the beauty of creation in half an inch. Humans are much like that flower I found that day while hiking. We are tiny in comparison to the whole of creation and from our little rock called earth we can look out and wonder at its beauty and we can marvel that despite being so small and comparably insignificant we are adored and called brother! Have faith brothers and sister in Christ. We are but flowers on a precipice, but we are loved more than you know.
Bible used was NIV.
Brett Currah is Author of Under A Crimson Sky. He currently lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife, Kate.
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