God’s Signature on the World

 

There are many beautiful and wonderful things in this world that bare God’s signature. Every famous artist throughout history from Picasso to Rembrandt to Monet, just to name a few, always placed their signature upon their masterpiece. God is without a doubt the greatest artist of all time, having created the Heavens and the Earth, and his signature is on all of his work. There are many extraordinary things in this world that are a gift from God to us. In the Bible, the book of James tells us that every good and perfect gift is from God. (James 1:17) All that is beautiful and good in this world is God’s handiwork. Take a moment to think of some of the masterpieces of God. Things like beautiful sunsets, the rainbow after a rain, the snow-capped mountains, the sunrise on a Spring morning, the vibrant colors of an Autumn day, and the laughter and smile of a child; these are all examples of the artwork of God, the Master Artist. The Psalmist David wrote, “ The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” (Psalms 19:1 New Living Translation)   When I look around and see all the wonders of nature and this world we live in, I find it impossible to comprehend how anyone could be an atheist and not believe in the presence of a divine creator.

One of the most comforting truths that we should all remember is that of all the wonderful things of God’s creation, we are his absolute masterpiece! Whether we realize it or not, we were created in His likeness and His image, and His signature is upon us. The Psalmist David was fully aware of this when he expressed his thanks to God by saying, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it. (Psalms 139:14 New Living Translation) In Ephesians 2:10 it reads, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 New living Translation) If we are not careful, it is easy for us to forget that we are God’s handiwork and we are His masterpiece. Sometimes because of the stress, toils, and trials of life, we hardly feel like a project of God’s at all, much less His masterpiece. Over the course of our lives, the stains and smudges of sin, guilt, shame, and loss of self worth cause us to lose sight of God’s signature on our lives. When we make mistakes and suffer failure and disappointments, life often leaves us feeling like damaged goods that have been thrown to the wayside and forgotten.

Fortunately, we have a God that is a merciful and gracious God. It is in the midst of our brokenness and despair, during the times that we feel an overwhelming lack of self worth, that if we will come to God, the Master Artist will remove from us the smudges and stains that hide his signature from our eyes, and we will be restored. Look at what it says in the 51st chapter of Psalms. This was a prayer of David to God when the smudges of sin, guilt and despair were hiding God’s signature from his eyes. In one of the lowest points in David’s life, He prayed to God for restoration. David said, Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.” (Psalms 51: 7-12 New Living Translation) What an amazing prayer of repentance and restoration that was! We can do the same that David did. When we realize that we have come to a place in our lives that we have failed miserably, we must remember that all hope is not lost. We are still a masterful work of God the Creator. There may be smudges hiding his signature from visibility in your life, but rest assure, you are still his handiwork. The artwork of your life simply needs to be restored so that it will be evident to the world around you that you are God’s workmanship. God is the master artist. He is the Potter and we are the clay. When our lives become marred and out of shape, and we have become a broken vessel, God doesn’t throw the clay (us) away. If we will allow God to mold and shape us, He will simply remold our misshaped vessel into the work of art that He intended for us to be.

God has a plan for your life. You are special to God. He wants to take you to higher heights and places that you have never imagined were possible in your life. Above all, His signature is on you. You may not be able to see it, but it is there. Allow God to restore the artwork of your life to expose His signature. If you will trust God, He will restore your life to the masterpiece that you were meant to be.

Thanks for reading!

Unti next time,

Mark

 

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