March 30, 2009 Ration

Psalm 138:8

“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

The Lord will fulfill His purpose for whatever He does. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).

God is completely intentional in what He does, and He will succeed in what He means to accomplish. So then, it is very important to understand that the Lord has purposes for you, artist, and those purposes will be fulfilled by Him. Let’s let Him lead.

God’s purposes for creating us artistic will prevail. They will not prevail because we are so confident, but because He is so competent. We, more often than not, do not know beforehand the exact purpose for most of what He gives us to do. We may hear Him rightly about which direction we should walk in, but our thoughts regarding the destination and the transportation are usually just the wishful drafts of a blind mind. I cannot see the future – which is not all bad! Our limited sight works for us as much as it works against us. We would all be great pessimists if we could see the obstacles that pessimism fears. But that lack of sight also gives ground for hope to work and grow. Only, what hope are we cultivating: our dreams or God’s purposes?

Our artistic dreams, where they are not His plans, will not have the surety of His fulfilling guarantee. We must be careful that our aspirations do not distract us from His purposes. The Lord says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). At the same time, when God grants vision or inspiration, we do not have to stall out with paralyzation if we cannot discern how such thoughts will ever come to be. We just need to bend our knees and desire His purposes, for they will succeed.

Artists, since God’s purposes will prevail, this is why we can confidently plead along with David, “Do not forsake the work of your hands!” Where our purposes in our artistic lives are not the Lord’s purposes for our lives, we are the ones who are doing the forsaking. No wonder we are so often unsatisfied in our gig; our most fabulous drafts never get completed on our strength. Or if they do, they are so elementary to begin with that they are not capable of accomplishing what we had hoped. Yet, not all is lost: “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself” (II Timothy 2:13).

The Lord’s purposes for you will prevail, artist! This is why He will not forsake you, but rather, will accomplish what concerns you! Be encouraged, then, to seek out the purposes of the Lord in creating you and in cutting you artistic. God has intentionally created each one of us according to His desire. “But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired” (I Corinthians 12:18). The Lord’s purposes are sure. The Lord’s purposes will be accomplished. The Lord’s purposes are where our greatest pleasures await us. So seek them out in the fulfilling strength of the Lord. He will not forsake, but fulfill His purposes for you.

Jason Harms


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