God’s Masterpiece

   Perhaps you’ve been to Rome and and visited the Sistine Chapel. If so, you probably remember craning your neck to take in the awesome details of Michaelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the chapel.  Here you see the Creation of Adam.  God’s right arm is outstretched as the giver of life, and Adam’s as receiving from God.  

Suppose you’re browsing through God’s gallery of masterpieces.  What do you see? Perhaps the giraffe, surely the rhinocerous, a masterpiece in deed.  You approach a section labeled Greatest Masterpieces.  As you enter, you marvel at the depiction of the universe and the galaxies in all their glory.  As you expected, mankind is lauded as special, set apart.  And then you’re surprised to see a rendering of a family, signed by the Artist Himself, laying claim to the family as one of His greatest masterpieces.     

The scriptures attest to the fact that this is true; God is passionate about family. For example, take a stroll through I Chronicles 17:16-27, and observe how King David knew personally this amazing aspect of God’s grace.  In the passage, the Hebrew word for house is bayith, which means family. In verse 27, King David acknowledges how God has blessed his house. The word in this context for bless means to adore, praise, salute.

We can safely assume it’s God’s desire to pay tribute to families who honor Him. No, it doesn’t mean we have to be perfect parents, or have model kids. If you want to feel better about your family, read about the problems in David’s family. And he was the one called by God as a man after His own heart. 

With that in mind, note the intimacy of David’s encounter with God. Verse 16 says he went in and sat before the Lord.  To do what? To talk to Him about his family. This incident (also depicted in 2 Samuel 7:18) is the only reference in the Old Testament of anyone taking a sitting posture before the Lord.

Standing could be considered as a position for worshipping God, and lying prostrate is certainly a position of humility. Do you think perhaps David’s sitting before the Lord conveyed his desire for intimacy and conversation?

Put yourself in King David’s place as you consider your family and your life situation. Envision yourself sitting down with God for a talk. Notice how David starts the conversation. “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, O God, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! You speak as though I were someone very great, O Lord God! What more can I say to you about the way you have honored me? You know what your servant is really like. For the sake of your servant, O Lord, and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known.” Verses 16-19

How do David’s words affect you as you think about your own family? Are you humbled and amazed by what God has done for you and your family? Are you blessed because you know God not only cares about your past and present situation, but He is also mindful of your future?

Or, perhaps you’re not feeling blessed at all, and you’re thinking, “My family is such a mess, all I feel is regret, heartache, and misery.”

Be encouraged. God wants to bless your family. Would you be willing to set a time to sit down with God, and on behalf of your family, share your needs, as well as your heart’s desires? If you like, you can follow David’s example in verses 20-27 (indicated by underlines), as well as the following suggestions as you come before the Lord.

1. Confess there is no one like the Lord. Have the problems in your family overcome your faith and caused you to focus on things other than God? Consider this question. What do you think about most when you’re not thinking about the things you have to think about? Is it a specific desire, or regret, or an unmet expectation? Whatever you think about most will not only become your obsession. It will ultimately become your god. Ask God to bring to your mind anything in your life that has replaced your devotion to and total trust in Him. Acknowledge those things and release them to Him so you can sincerely pray as David did. “There is no God in my life but you.”

2. Tell God you’ve heard His call on your heart to know and follow Him. Ask Him to open your eyes and your ears to His specific truths for your life.

3. Praise God for making you His own, and ask Him to reign as your God and to become the God of your family, as well. Grant Him the freedom to accomplish His work in your family in His way and in His timing.

4. Look up, write down, and apply personally the promises He has for you concerning yourself and your family. (If you don’t already know such promises or where to find them, ask a Christian friend to help you)

Examples: Fill in the blanks with your personal application to Philippians 4:11 and 4:19.
“I can___________________________________in His strength if I will stop striving to do it on my own.”
“God will meet my needs for ___________________________________________ according to His riches, not my own desires or preconceived ideas.”

5. Ask God to use His promises in your life to reveal His greatness to others. 

6. Reflect on the various ways God has blessed you and your family, regardless of your difficulties.

7. Position yourself to be blessed by God. Ask Him to exchange your heart’s bent toward pain, struggles, and worry for a heart of faith, humility, and peace.

God bless you and your family. This is my prayer for you.

6 Responses to “God’s Masterpiece”
  1. Claire says:

    Good reminders of core values – just what I needed to hear today, Liz! Some days my concerns for my family eclipse my gratitude for them!

  2. Millie says:

    Wow, Mom!!! Keep em coming…it’s SO FUN and encouraging to have you getting all this incredible stuff you’ve had in your heart and head for so long – OUT to so many! You are truly living out your exhorter! 🙂 So grateful I benefit! 🙂

  3. Nora B. says:

    Man! I love that list of 7 ways to sit down with the Lord and have put it on my frig. Thank you Liz!

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