The Maven of Artistry – Day 23

by ggerhauser

“And the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” – Genesis 1:2

Like a potter preparing a masterpiece, God begins with formless clay and water. Placing it on the wheel of time, he sets out to style and shape it. Everyday he works diligently to mould and make it; he looks forward to one day filling it with his glory. Genesis 1:2 shows us the conception of this work of art, the greatest of all artistry. Every artist that has been, or ever will be, can only seek to copy this archetypical masterpiece.

In the above verse, we not only see God’s power, but also his wisdom. God in his omnipotence could have spoken and instantly created everything. Instead, he chose to create through a seven-day process. He built layer upon layer, going from the simple to the more complex. He started off with something formless and empty, and like a master craftsman formed and filled it with stunning and breathtaking beauty. Why did he do this and what does it mean?

Our next series of posts will explore Genesis 1:2 and seek to answer these questions.

Prayer: You are the potter, Lord. I am the clay. Just as you made creation from a seeming mess, make me. I may be formless and empty; I may even have darkness in my life. But I invite your Master hands to fashion me. I know it won’t happen overnight, but if I’m in your hands I have nothing to fear. There is no artist, no craftsman and no architect greater than you.

Action: Go outdoors into creation and admire God’s art. Then worship the Creator.

Maven – ma⋅ven /’māvən/ (noun) – someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
ORIGIN: 1965, from Yiddish meyvn, from Hebrew mebhin, lit. “one who understands.” Plural is mayvinim.