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Proverbs for Young Pilgrims: Who is Creative?

Prov. 3:19: “The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by under­standing hath he established the heavens”.

How glorious is the truth of creation!

Jehovah God, infinite, wise, and eternal has founded the heavens and earth in time. Made unto the glory of the Creator, the creature depends upon and is subject to the Creator. And as the potter has power over the clay (Rom 9:21), so also the Creator has control over the creature.

We wouldn’t think anything, we wouldn’t say anything, we wouldn’t do anything in order to contradict the Glory, the Power, or the Wisdom of the Creator, would we?

Scripture tells us how God created. In our proverb we are instructed that wisdom and understanding are the means God used to found the earth and establish the heavens. God’s wisdom and understanding caused creation. This must refer to Christ. Prov. 8:22-30 refers to wisdom being a possession of the LORD from everlasting. Wisdom was present when the heavens were prepared (vs. 27). This same wisdom declares in vs. 35 “Whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.”

And certainly Christ was present at creation. John 1 teaches that the Eternal Word, by Whom all things were made, also became “flesh, and dwelt among us.”

Who among us would contradict either in doctrine or in life, that Christ, the Anointed, participated in the work of Creation?

But what is it to create?

Scripture gives us this definition in Rom. 4:17 “calleth those things which be not as though they were.” This definition appears in Heb. 11:3 “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Ps. 33:9 yields yet another definition: “He spake and it was done, he commanded and it stood fast.”

Which creature has such power?

But the clear Scriptural teaching of Creation is contradicted. The Church has long withstood the theory of evolution. Although even today, evolu­tion is presented as fact. Young Pilgrim, you must be on guard against this theory! Many textbooks which you use have concentrated doses of this evil teaching. Nevertheless, we must be aware of and oppose evolution.

Perhaps it is because evolution has received the focus in our attempt to defend the truth of Creation, that other evils have crept in past our peripheral vision. I refer now to our often careless use of the term “to create”.

The question above is appropriate. We wouldn’t think anything in order to contradict the Glory, the Power, or the Wisdom of the Creator, would we? Such thoughts are rooted in original sin. The serpent beguiles Eve, “And ye shall be as gods.” Ever since the fall of man in Paradise, the creature assumes for himself the power which alone is to be attributed to the Creator.

But how is this power, which belongs to the Creator, denied Him and claimed by the creature?

The “thing to do” today is to be “creative”. We participate in “creative crafts” for example, do we not? Or, “creative arts”. Or, “creative design”. Or, “Creative writing”. Moreover, we allude to these various activities, using the term “creative”, in such a casual manner that without thinking, spirit­ually thinking that is, we usurp a power which belongs only to the Creator! Who among us can be creative in writing or crafts, or arts and so on?

Scripture presents a simple fact that God alone can create! When we use Scriptural terms then we ought to use them in a spiritually sensitive manner. Hearing of the creatures’ performance of these various activities as being “creative”, the spiritually sensitive one covers his ears and shouts “No! I do not want to hear it!”

We ought not to be careless in our attitude toward these things, Young Pilgrims, lest our spiritual senses become dull and we too worship the creature rather than the Creator! (Rom. 1:25) And, understand that this hap­pens, for who receives credit for the product which is produced as a result of these activities which are being termed “creative”?

How serious is this careless use of the term “to create”?

It is this serious, Young Pilgrim, that it is a denial of faith!

The Scriptures maintain that God alone has the power to create. Heb. 11:3 connects this to faith. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” When we engage in an activity which today is called “creative”, we use things which do appear in order to produce a finished product. Then we have not created anything at all.

By faith we believe that “the LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth, by understanding hath he established the heavens.” May we maintain this not only in doctrine but also as this truth is revealed in our lives.