What Does God Look Like?

“Mommy, what does God look like?” asked 5-year-old Timmy. He put down his peanut butter sandwich & took a big swallow of milk.

“Well, God is a Spirit & we can’t see Him in the same way that we see people,” his mother began, not knowing quite where to go from there.

“But if we can’t see Him, how do we know what He’s like?” he persisted.

“Well, suppose you were blind,” she suggested to Timmy. “Would you be able to see Daddy, for instance?” He shook his head. “But would you know what Daddy is like?” He thought for a moment, then vigorously nodded his head. “You’d know what Daddy is like by the things he says, wouldn’t you?” He nodded again.

“And we know what God is like, too, by the things He says in His Word. And you’d know that Daddy loves you, because he would tell you so & do everything he could for you. That’s how we know God loves us, too. He tells us so, & He has given us so much to help us have a wonderful life. But most of all, He gave us Jesus to take away our sins & to show us what God is really like. And even though you couldn’t see Daddy—if you were blind—you could hear his voice & feel when he is near. And in the same way, through Jesus we can hear God’s voice & feel Him near, too. That’s why, even though we can’t see God, we can be very certain what He is like.”

Little Timmy picked up his sandwich. “I know,” he exclaimed, “We don’t see God outside. We see Him inside.” Timmy’s right, isn’t he?

Contributed by: Melvin Newland

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