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Why do we have the ability to be imaginative? Can our imagination ever be destructive?

Genesis 1:1In the beginning God created . . .

Genesis 1:27So God created human beings in his own image . . .

Exodus 35:30Then Moses told the people of Israel, “The Lord has specifically chosen Bezalel . . . The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.”

Daniel 1:17God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams.

Our God is a creative God, and he has made us in his image. If God was able to imagine the heavens and earth and animals and humans and a relationship with us, and we are patterned after him, then he has certainly instilled some imaginative abilities within us. Since God is the ultimate Creator, he is the source of our creative abilities. Whether you use your imagination to create a beautiful painting, design a building, or revolutionize how others think about God, your imagination can be used as an expression of gratitude for being made in God’s image.

Genesis 11:4-6Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!

Isaiah 55:8“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

Genesis 6:5-6The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.

Romans 1:30They invent new ways of sinning . . .

Romans 8:5-6Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

These verses demonstrate the power of human imagination. While the tower these people imagined was conceived out of pride, their abilities to design and construct such a tower suggests our minds can imagine new ideas and ways of implementing them. While the human imagination is powerful, it is also limited and can be easily hijacked for sinful purposes. Our imaginations, because they are connected to our thought lives, are controlled by whatever controls our thoughts. When selfish desires and sinful pleasures control our minds, our imaginations become a tool of destruction, producing lustful fantasies or meaningless daydreams. But when our thoughts are controlled by godly things, our imaginations are inspired by God’s creative nature, and become a tool of innovation and vision.

Other verses:

Isaiah 55:8My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

Job 37:23-24We cannot imagine the power of the Almighty; but even though he is just and righteous, he does not destroy us. No wonder people everywhere fear him. All who are wise show him reverence.