God is an Art Collector!
God is not always how we might think. All too often we view Him through our unbelief and He comes off poorly defined. We view Him as we view ourselves, which is in the caricature of a fretting hen nervously chasing chicks. He is far too great for such mundane and lowly depictions. Rather, He sits above the circle of the earth scoffing at the clenched fists of rebellious men, peacefully enjoying His art collection.
But what does an art collection have to do with anything. Let’s just see! The obvious first question is what kind of art delights Him? The answer is men. Men of faith decorate His palatial residence similar to how the wealthy might display paintings. He is always looking for good pieces.
Only two men pleased God to the point where He had to have them now–they were Enoch and Elijah. His affection for them was such that He cut their days short, creating an entirely new precedent. Enoch is described in this way… he was, and then he was not for God took him. Theologians have long speculated as to God’s motive for such an unusual act. Let me spare you some time–He enjoyed them and wanted them.
Like any wealthy patron of the arts, true art lovers purchase art for its own sake. They neither care who knows what they have, nor give a thought to who may be not enjoying these exclusive beauties. They are treasures collected for their singular exclusive enjoyment. And so it is with God.
If you doubt me look no further than this passage scripture.
‘By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.’
So for what mysterious purpose did God select and remove Enoch from the earth? He pleased God! Yet, one could wonder why God would not leave these warriors of righteousness to fight for good on the earth? Perplexing as it is to man, God is not equally concerned with having His best players in the game. No, the game is already won.
Our tendency is to panic because we really are not sure how the game is going. We live as though we are a team competing with equals. We do whatever we can to ‘stack’ our team with heroes we think can assure us a win. God has no such concerns. He can make heroes out of the rocks. So when He finds a man like Elijah He just takes Him.
This tells us two things. The first is that despite the warfare in the world at large, God is confident enough to sometimes sit His best players. Then again, maybe He is saving them for the last part of the game. Regardless, unlike us, God is not anxious about the outcome of the epic battle between good and evil. He is enjoying the journey and picking flowers along the way. Secondly, we have an opportunity to be that art and be pleasing to Him in the same way. Even if we may not qualify to be snatched prematurely from the earth, we can still be a thing of beauty. God is an art collector and if our faith pleases Him we may find ourselves occupying a prominent place in His House!