How can I illustrate God?

Old Testament: Isa 40.18–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 39–40 on October 8, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

How would you describe or picture God to someone who does not know him? We know him, but we have never seen him. What illustration can we use then to say this is how he looks? As Isaiah said: 

To whom then will you liken God?
Or what likeness will you compare to Him?
The workman molds an image,
The goldsmith overspreads it with gold,
And the silversmith casts silver chains.
Whoever is too impoverished for such a contribution
Chooses a tree that will not rot;
He seeks for himself a skillful workman
To prepare a carved image that will not totter.

– Isaiah 40.18–20 

Man makes idols, trying to depict God, but they fall so short that they are an abomination. 

We just need to accept what the Scriptures teach, that we should not attempt to make an image of him, for it will be grossly wrong, and give the wrong impression. 


  • What are some of the ways that the Bible describes God? (For example, First Timothy 6.16 says that he dwells in unapproachable light.) 
  • According to Isaiah 40.18–20, what does the impoverished one do to make an idol? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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