September 28, 2009 Ration
Ecclesiastes 5:2, 7:13
Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.
Consider the work of God: who can make straight what He has made crooked?
Wisdom considers, but foolishness is rash and hasty. Artists want to say things, to express things, and they are given, by God, a dose of ability to express. So express they probably should. But let us take Solomons counsel to first consider the work of God before we set out to try to straighten, with our artistic putty and knives, what God has made crooked.
When traveling a crooked path from one point to another, one will see much more than if a straight line were taken. A crooked path will often take you places that cannot be seen from the straight lines vantage point. A straight line may be a more efficient expenditure of fuel, but if the Lord is providing the fuel from His endless supply anyway, why do we so often demand that He value efficiency over His pleasure in revealing?
Artists, do you find yourself reviling against the Lord in your artistry? Reviling is not the same as inquiring. Consider His work, and inquire away! But a reviling mouth will only ensure an impoverished mind and evidence a foolish heart. You will not profit to be rash with your mouth and hasty in your heart towards God. God is in heaven and we are on earth; our words should be few before Him. Where God has made your path crooked, ask Him questions about what you see thereby.
There is the temptation to let our mouth or the emotion of our heart lead us in life, rather than the discernment of our mind. But it is the mind's role to think, to consider. Therefore, the mind must lead and employ the heart and mouth where they are necessary. And they are necessary! Yet, "...to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools" (5:1b).
Artists, let's use our minds first. Consider. Consider the work of God. He will give you understanding in everything (II Tim. 2:7). Do not be baffled with, distracted by, or bitter against crooked paths. Search them out with your mind, through the Word, and you will find their troves. Their hooks and bends will prove to be more profitable than you first thought.
Since God has brought all things into existence (John 1:3), then let us not be quick to sound off with our little, uneducated, artistic commentaries. Our audiences are not the only ones who hear our rants and raves. The Lord hears far better than any man, so may our words be careful and few. Before we begin our work, let us consider the work of God.
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