From the opening pages of the Old Testament to the conclusion of the Book of Revelation, the Bible is filled with a variety of images for God.
Imagine a conversation among the biblical writers, as if they were answering the question, “Who is God for you?” “God is my shepherd,” the psalmist says, inviting others to respond. Hosea chimes in, “God is like a mother bear” (Hosea 13:8). The writer of 1 John advocates for “God is light” (1 John 1:5), while the author of Hebrews calls God “the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3). Nearly every writer in the canon adds something to the discussion.
Noteworthy, perhaps, about this imaginary conversation is that none of the biblical writers suggests that any single image for God is the only appropriate one. Could our images of God always be made new, as well?
This message is adapted from Gather magazine’s All Anew Devotional Coloring Book.
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