A couple of weeks ago I talked about how God is so different than us we have no way of understanding Him. Our words can’t come close to describing this amazing God.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
God is gracious and He understands the only way we have of grasping Him is through this world and our words. The Jewish people understood this concept. They use images or metaphors to talk about God realizing that it doesn’t capture the whole, but it’s the best we can do.
The Bible is filled with images to help people relate to God.
He is described as a father bending down to lead His son through the wilderness (Hos 11:4)
Compared to a mother who can’t forget the child nursing at her breast (Is 49:15)
God is like like the horns of a wild ox who crushes His adversaries and grinds their bones (Num 24:8)
A Lover who’s faithful even through the one He loves is consistently faith-less (Hosea)
Even His Name is likened to a strong tower that the righteous run into and are saved (Prov 18:10)
He leads His people like a good shepherd leading His flocks (Is 40:11)
God is a Lion tearing nations to pieces (Hos 5:14)
And He is also a Father lovingly tenderly teaching His children to walk (Hos 11:3)
God is a rock on which His children will stand, but against which His enemies are bashed (1 Sam 2:2; Matt 21:42-44)
And there are so many more. God is God above and beyond what we can think or describe but it’s ok to try. And as my dad likes to say – you will be the better for the trying.
So, may we learn to try. May we learn to seek God and see God in His Word. And may the Holy Spirit guide us into all truth.