"Do You Believe Me?"

by: Ezra Cohen

1 Corinthians 2:9 says,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Maybe you’ve never heard this verse before. Or maybe you’re like me, and you’ve heard it 1,000 times. Perhaps, even as you read this, it’s going in one ear and out the other. (Growing up in church, this became a very familiar occurrence for me in my teenage years).

But a couple years ago, I had one of those moments where it felt like the words were jumping off the page and God was speaking them directly to me. Suddenly, as I read this scripture again, I saw it in a new and fresh light:

"No eye has seen.

No ear has heard.

No mind has imagined

What God has prepared for those who love Him."

As a young Christian man beginning my journey as a creative, these words came alive and sparked passion and hope in my heart like nothing I had felt before. This became more than just a memory verse. It became an anthem. A promise from God to me as I endeavored to create with Him as the center of my work. Whether I was taking photos, writing songs, shooting videos, drawing, writing or whatever, I lived every moment on this powerful promise.

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But there’s this funny thing that starts happening as we continue our journey as creative people. We start comparing ourselves to others and setting our work up next to theirs. We start realizing the sheer breadth of the incredible work that has already been accomplished. We start looking at the people we follow and admire and start believing that we’ll always be one step behind—never ahead.

I know these thoughts well because they were the ones that began to infiltrate my heart over the course of this past year. And if I’m being even more vulnerable, I will tell you that, working for a church, these thoughts were only magnified. I began to believe that I would never be able to create anything truly “cool” or “creative” because I was doing it for a church.

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Ouch! Even typing this out, it feels like a dagger in my heart when I look a few lines above at the incredible promise God had given to me.

But I'm currently writing this from my office, trying to fight back the tears in my eyes because it was just last week that God spoke to me again.

Driving home, I heard the Lord speak to me so clearly. His voice cut through all the noise to ask me a question I will never forget: “Do you believe me? Do you believe that I can give you ideas for films and photos and designs that no eye has seen? Do you believe that I can give you melodies, songs and soundscapes that no ear has heard? Do you believe that if you fix your eyes on Me, we can create things the world has never seen? DO YOU BELIEVE ME?”

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These four simple words hit me so hard. I began realizing just how much I had allowed doubt and disbelief to control the way I thought about my creativity. How much I had allowed comparison to fuel my disbelief. But in this unforgettable moment, God reminded me of the incredible promise He made to me those years ago—the promise He has given to ALL of us as creatives who love Him:

"No eye has seen.

No ear has heard.

No mind has imagined.

What God has prepared for those who love Him."

Today, I challenge you with the same question God asked me: Do you believe Him?

I pray that this story will inspire you to dream bigger than ever before, to take authority over the the lies that may infiltrate your heart and to listen to His voicethe voice that spoke the universe into being and wants to speak to you today.