Posted by: Brian Musser | April 17, 2014

The Father’s Creative Work

Work-Ship – Week Two:  The Father At Work – Day Eight:  The Father’s Creative Work

Last week we came to the conclusion that our definition of work must be based on God’s work.  If we are going to figure out what work is, how we are supposed to work and the proper place work should have in our lives it must be rooted in the way God works.  So we are going to spend a significant amount of time over the next several weeks looking at the work of God.  To organize this conversation about the work of God we are going to explore God’s work through the lens of the Trinity.

  • Week Two – The Father at Work
  • Week Three – The Son at Work
  • Week Four – The Spirit at Work

Job 38:1-14 (NIV)

1 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
2 “Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’?
12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,
13 that it might take the earth by the edges
and shake the wicked out of it?
14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
its features stand out like those of a garment.

I love how God describes his own work of creation in this passage.  There are several very tangible phrases that let you compare exactly what God did to things we see others do.  “Laid the earth’s foundations,” “marked off its dimensions,” and “stretched a measuring line across it” are terms that most builders and construction workers can relate to.  God’s work in creation is metaphorically comparable to our work in making things.  When we make things in some small scale we can work in a way that is comparable to grand creative process of God’s construction of the universe.  God creates.  We can create like God creates.

Some of us have jobs that are creative in their nature.  We are artists, writers or sculptors and we create great pieces of imagination with the tools available to us to use.  Or we are builders, carpenters and designers and we create items from raw materials.  We provide items like houses, clothes, meals and furniture that others need.  Or we are in business and we create processes, networks, and distribution centers.  Many of us have large pieces of our jobs that are creative.

We can display the image of our creator God as we create in our work.  Our creations are put in perspective as we create from that which God has previously created.  We reshape that which God provided.  Our creations are built upon God’s creation.  God’s creation provides us the context and ability to be creative.

How are you able to be creative in your work?  How has God’s image as a creator been displayed through you at work?

 

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