This Bible Journaling entry took me a couple of days due to printer issues. The pictures I found on the Internet, and I do not know who to give credit to. This is Revelation 21:6-7 with a focus on verse 7, “And I saw another angel flying through the sky carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world-to every nation, tribe, language, and people. ‘Fear God,’ he shouted. ‘Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water.'” In this month’s devotion time there has been a focus on God as creator. Our study has focused on the fact that God not only created our world and us, He also created us to be creative.
Here in Revelation, we are again reminded that everything that exists is because God made it. We are instructed to worship Him, not only as Lord and Savior, but also as Creator! For me, I rarely think of worshipping God because He is creator. It is easy for me to worship Him as my Lord, Savior, and Master. Maybe it’s because I often take for granted this beautiful planet we live on that I forget to worship Him as Creator. I’m sure if I couldn’t breathe, I would be reminded very quickly that it is God who gives breath and life.
When I look around at this beautiful world we live in, it is hard to imagine that it all came into existence just by a spoken word. God spoke, and it was! Even the plan of salvation was already in the works before the foundation of the world was brought into existence. God had everything all planned out. That tells me He is organized. Boy, could I use some lessons on that! I’m about the most disorganized person I know. He had a plan from the very beginning.
I am in awe, to think that God loved me before He even created me, to the point of planning a way for me to come to Him through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. That alone makes Him worthy of worship. Then, He decided to go a step further and create a beautiful place for me to live. He created me to be in the family He put me in, with the joys, sorrows, struggles, and accomplishments our family has experienced.
I have often heard pastors preach about finding the gift God has given you and using it for His glory. For me, I often thought my music was my only gift. I play in the worship band and I also sing. I find great peace in my music. However, what I am discovering is that God has chosen to not only create me to be creative with my music, but He has also created me to be creative in my Bible Journaling art. Granted. I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m finding that it also gives me peace as I study His Word and then illustrate what He is speaking to me through the artwork I do. For that, I give Him praise! Obviously, the artwork is not perfect, but that’s kind of the point. It doesn’t have to be. It is my expression of gratefulness to a God who created me and who loves me. Through the artwork, He teaches me more about Himself, and so it makes a way for us to develop a close relationship, which is the desire of us both.
For me, the whole point of this series of devotions is to remember that God deserves all the praise, worship, and obedience because of His great love for me.