Gazing on God Through Art | 05

Written By Holy Scripture

READ:

Read or listen to Romans 8:18-25.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly, but because of him who subjected it—in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. Not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits—we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.

What does this passage communicate about your new life in the Spirit?


The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.

FOCUS:

When approached with eyes wide open to God’s presence, gazing at beauty in art can be the Holy Spirit’s avenue for an awareness of union with God and spiritual wholeness.

Spend a few minutes meditating on this art.

PRAY:

Keeping the art in mind, wait in prayerful silence for 5 minutes. Write down what the Holy Spirit shows you.

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Week 5 of 8 Contemplation

Job’s Answer

Artist: Lauren Stevens

The artist shared that she often felt challenged by her professors and peers at the Kansas City Art Institute to defend her faith and often did so through her work. This piece tackles a subject that often came up in discussions with peers: the problem of suffering.

This intricate etching explores some of the imagery from Job 38-41. Lovingly rendered, detailed images of creation were etched into a large copper plate by Stevens, who often wore watchmaker’s glasses to help her see the finer details. The work invites viewers to pause and wait with Job in suffering, considering the intricacy of creation and the indescribable glory of God’s wisdom.

Lauren Stevens, Job’s Answer, 2021, 22”x30”, copper etching. Used by permission. laurenstevensart.com

This work is on display at the Christ Community Downtown Campus.

 

Luke 22:27

1 Comment

  1. Ramona

    Sometimes I cry out, Why God why? And pray the prayer Jesus prayed “not my will but yours…” and I try to mean it.

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