May 5, 2008 Ration

Romans 1:28

“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”

The devil knows that the easiest way to keep you from enjoying the greatest pleasures in anything is to keep you from acknowledging God in all that He has made pleasurable. Take one look around the artistic arena and see if this is not true. How miserable artists are in their pleasures.

Nothing exists apart from God, and yet our natural man does not want to acknowledge God’s Authorship of all that He has made. The natural man would rather try to claim that at least a portion of God’s glory in what He has made is the result of his own genius, or the result of some theory of man (another way of praising his own genius). Man denies God whenever man does not acknowledge God in all that God is and has done.

Paul tells us that the result of not seeing fit to acknowledge God in all that God has done, and is doing, is to experience God’s sovereignty over our mind as He gives us over to our debased desires. The devil loves to tempt us with the apple of denial.

In the arts, as well as in all of life, our fleshly hearts love to think that they will find their greatest pleasures when they themselves are the end of their affections. This is a lie. Do not be seduced by your own flattery, artist. It is the same lie that the devil used on Eve. God has made everything that is, and has made everything to work as it does. So where something is beautiful, it is so because of God’s intention that it be beautiful. To not acknowledge God’s Authorial intent will only work against your enjoyment of what He has created to be pleasurable to you.

Artists, just because God is invisible does not mean that you should fail to see Him. And where you cannot see Him, by all means, don’t play the fool by denying His presence. “For [God’s] invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

Your artistic glory, which God has endowed to you, does not compare with the glory of the One who created you, in measure, glorious. Acknowledge God, artists, and you will be overwhelmed with pleasures you have yet to enjoy. Draw near to God. Do not put distance between the two of you in your enjoyment of your artistic pleasures that He has created for your enjoyment. Who can eat or take enjoyment apart from God, determines Solomon (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25)! To not acknowledge God is to walk away from pleasure.

But if you really think that you can find more pleasure in your artistry within your own understanding, logic, counsel, means, skill, accomplishments (as you deny that even these are a grace to you from God), rather than in the unsearchable mind of the Lord who has no counselors, then you are free to choose the apple too. But be warned, your flesh wants to be God, which it can never be. Your flesh desires the false “beauty” of your “freedom from God” that is promised in the juice of the apple. But freedom from God is not freedom at all. It is only enslavement to a debased mind, and it is God who gives you over to its chains.

Artists, see fit to acknowledge God for all that He is, and in all that He does! Your greatest pleasures in art, in life, will be found and enjoyed when you acknowledge and enjoy the Author as you enjoy various artistic authors. For they are His compositions.

Jason Harms


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