God the Father as a Worker

The Bible uses many different figurative descriptions of the work God the Father has done, is doing and will do in the future.  Psalm 139:13 – 16 describes the God of the universe as a weaver.  John 15:1 – 8 describes God as a vinedresser and gardener.  Psalm 23 calls God our shepherd.  Jeremiah 18:1 – 10 sees God as a potter.  In Isaiah 1:24, 25 God is a smith or a metalworker.  These are just a small sample of some of the ideas expressed in Scripture about God’s work.  In board sweeping general terms we can categorize God the Father’s work into two categories:  His creative work and His sustaining work.

Let’s examine a few specific verses about God the Creator.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.

Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Romans 4:17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”–in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

God as a Creator means has many deep theological implications especially on the reality of the universe, the nature of humanity, the problem of sin and the value of creatures.  We are not going to delve those depths here and now.  The questions I want to explore: What personality characteristics and skills does God have to possess in order to be creative?

In order to be creative God had to envision things that did not already exist.  God had to see what could be in spite of what was.  In order to create the heavens and the earth God had to have imagination.  God had to be able to imagine what thhe heavens and the earth would be like first.  God had to have some form of confidence in His own abilities to bring about the things He desired.  God had to be driven to move and to do and to create.  Something in God’s very nature had to motivate Him to create.  There may be many more characteristics of God that are necessary in order for God to create but these are just some of the ones I’ve been thinking about.  Feel free to explore more of the necessary attributes of God as He creates.

If we can work like God then we can be creative like God.  Now our creativity will limited in scope and power.  We will not be able to create as grand of things that God has created.  So let’s not look at how are creations can be like God but how we can use some of the same skills and characteristics that God used when we create.  In your job, at your work, do you ever need vision?  Do you ever need to imagine things could be different?  When you have a vision, when you use your imagination you are working like God works! Then when you come up with an imaginative vision to change things within your job, you step out and start to make those changes because you are confident that you can get them done.  You know you are able to do what you have imagined.  You make these changes because something inside of you has motivated you to make the difference.  You are working like God works!

Now when we think of creative work we usually think about artists, inventors and authors, but creativity can used in anyone’s job.  Anyone of us can be creative like God has been creative.  The office manager can create a new filing system that eases the workload.  A mechanic can create a new wrench that has different ends on it that is perfect under the car without having to take multiple tools down there.  A barber can create a new style.  A teacher can create a new metaphor that explains things so much better.  A student can create a new way to memorize the information.  Everyone can have a creative aspect to their job.  All you need to do is use your imagination to create a vision and the be motivated to actually bring that vision to reality.  When you do this, no matter how small the scale, you are working like God works.  You are creating in some minuscule way like the Creator.  You are working in the image of God.

May you see the value of your work as you work in the image of God!

May you give glory and worship to your Creator as you look like Him!

May grow closer to your God as you are reminded of Him every time you create!

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About Brian Musser

Rev. Brian Musser is the Baptist Campus Minister at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. View all posts by Brian Musser

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