» ‘To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?’ asks the Holy One» (Isaiah 40:25).
Many nations have images that are figures or symbols of a Deity. There are even saints or canonized people who are worshiped by many in our countries. Great processions are made, altars are built and expensive gifts are given to show respect toward them.
«The attempt to represent the Eternal One by material objects would lower man’s conception of God. The mind, turned away from the infinite perfection of Jehovah, would be attracted to the creature rather than to the Creator. And as his conceptions of God were lowered, so would man become degraded» (Patriarchs and Prophets, ch. 27, p. 306). From the very beginning, God clearly established we shouldn’t make ourselves images or worship them.
Worshiping God includes infinitely more than an image we have of Him. In fact, we might not have any saint cards or statuettes and unintentionally still have distorted ideas of who He is.
Through the question God asks us in today’s verse, we remember He can’t be compared with anyone.
Some time ago, I shared some thoughts on this matter with certain teenagers at a Pathfinder Club. I was worried because I had noticed how common it was becoming to use different filters and apps. Little by little, something that seems harmless and even funny, starts to undermine our real image.
Why is it that the world leads us to look more and more like inferior things than the things above?
Song lyrics, nicknames we use, animal ears and snouts we add to our pictures and lack of control over our appetite many times degrades us and we don’t realize it.
As human beings and children of God, with the mission to restore God’s image to a lost world, are we making a conscious effort every day to be more like Him and less like the lowliness surrounding us?
We look like what we behold, and there are still many people who are desperate to learn of a God who is beyond our imagination and at the same time has an imprint in each one of us.
Let’s decide to rise up instead of belittling ourselves today. It will be one way of showing our God is incomparable.