Is there anyone like God?

The very first mistake people make when they try to figure out what God is like is this: they try to make God like people. We see people every day. And, since we sort of have a basic understanding of how people behave, we try to force God into that mold — it’s the best example we have.

Please allow me to address this right from the start. GOD IS NOT LIKE PEOPLE. PEOPLE ARE NOT LIKE GOD.

There, that should be clear enough.

The question may then arise, “Is there anyone like God?” To best answer that question, we need only to look at one of God’s main characteristics — a thing scholars like to call, “The solitariness of God.”

The idea here is that God is alone in His character, power, and being. Put in the simplest terms the solitariness of God means there is no one like God. So the answer to the question, “is there anyone like God?” is “no.”

But, as easy as it is to explain the meaning of the word “solitariness,” the aloneness of God is an idea very few people think about any more. It is even likely very few of the people who read the Bible are aware of the greatness and majesty of God. Oh, people will say God is “great in wisdom,” “wonderfully powerful,” and “full of mercy” — perhaps because they think saying such things makes them sound “Christian” or perhaps they are just repeating something they’ve heard someone else say. In either case, to actually understand these things about God is something very few people ever seek to do.

But, the Bible has plenty to tell us about the solitariness of God…

“Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” — Exodus 15:11

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The very first phrase in the Bible sets the tone for all of Scripture. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God…” Before anything else existed there was God. He was all alone. There was no heaven. There was no earth. There were no angels. No universe. There was nothing, no one, but God. It is at this point many people begin to think of God in human terms. They think, “I’d be sad if I were all alone like that.” And so, they assume God must have been sad, too. You may have heard someone say, “God needed a relationship with us, that’s why he created us. He was lonely.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

When God was alone He was self-contained, self-sufficient, and self-satisfied.

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God didn’t need to create anything. He chose to create the world simply because it pleased Him to do so.

Ephesians 1:11 says He “works all things according to the counsel of his will.” Which simply means He does what He wants to do and He doesn’t have to tell us why. We do know, however, one of the primary reasons for God creating everything. He did it for His own glory.

When people learn God created everything for his own glory they, again, have a tendency to make a mistake in thinking God had some need for glory. And when Scripture points out God saved some people so that they might praise him for his grace, these same people think God had a need for the praise of people. But the Bible says otherwise. Let’s consult it, shall we?

“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things.” — Romans 11:34-36

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Even Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, added nothing to God’s glory. This may be a puzzling statement, I know. After all, didn’t Jesus do a whole lot of impressive stuff while here on Earth? Yes, He did. However, his entire life — all of the miracles He performed, the death He suffered, and the glory of His resurrection — did nothing to add to God’s glory. What Jesus did was make mankind more fully aware of God’s glory.

To help you better understand allow me to suggest a small exercise: Think about everything. That’s right, everything. Think about where you live. Take a moment and look out of the window. What do you see? Grass? Trees? Buildings? Streets? Think about how remarkably complex all of those things are. Now imagine what is beyond your yard. What is down your street? What is beyond the next one and the next one? How long would it take you to get to the next town? What about the one after that? Think about all of the people who live there. They have houses and yards and streets, too. But the world is much bigger than that.

Have you ever been to the beach? Do you remember just how big the ocean looked? Just think, the part of the ocean you saw is only a tiny part of all the oceans in the world. Just think about all of the countries and people you would find on the other side of the ocean. If you could travel to one of those countries and then across it you’d eventually run into another ocean with more countries and people beyond it.

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The simple fact is you can’t think about everything. Now think about how all of the stuff you can’t even think of was created to glorify God. Do you suppose all of the stuff you can’t even think of put together with all of the stuff you can think of adds anything to God?

The answer is no. Here is how big God is compared with the world…

“Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. Lebanon would not suffice for fuel, nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering. All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?” — Isaiah 40:15-18

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All of the stuff that is too big for us to think of is like nothing to God. How big, then, must God be? Much, much bigger than we can even imagine. A God this big is impossible for us to discover on our own. He cannot be found by our searching for Him — although, you wouldn’t know this from listening to people in our modern day.

Nowadays, you hear a lot of religious-sounding talk about “seekers.” “Seekers” is a term a lot of “Church experts” use to describe people who are seeking God but just haven’t found Him yet. “Church experts” is a term used to describe people who think they know better than God how best to run the church — but that’s another topic.

These “Church experts” believe so much in the idea of “seekers” that they’ve invented an entirely new kind of church — the “seeker-sensitive” church.  The idea behind a “seeker-sensitive” church is that there are thousands of people earnestly seeking God who just don’t know where to look. The “seeker-sensitive” church learns what is attractive to these “seekers” and then incorporates those things into their church.

There are two things wrong with this approach to church — well, there are more than just two things wrong, but for now, we’ll just focus on two.

Number 1: The Bible says there is no such thing as a “seeker.”

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.” — Romans 3:11

Certainly there are people who are seeking some sort of “god” or religious experience. But, inevitably, they seek some made-up god who is to their own liking. They do not seek the one, true God of the Bible. The Bible clearly states it.

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Number 2: Churches that focus on “seekers” place their focus on the wrong thing. The focus of any church should be on God and His glory alone. Period.

There is a principle I’d like to share with you to help you better understand the Bible. Anytime you read the Bible apply this principle and it will help you gain a better understanding of what God is saying through His Word. Are you ready?

Here it is…

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Did you catch that? It ain’t about us. None of it.

  • The Bible.
  • Creation.
  • Salvation.
  • Church.

Everything God made and everything He has done He has done for His own glory. It is true that the Bible was written for us and that we benefit from what God has done, but we were never the focus of God’s plan. God was the focus. And he should be our focus.

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So, if God is too big to understand, if there is no one to compare Him to, and no one seeks Him then how can we ever know about God? That’s a very good question.

Here’s the answer:

He can only be known as He is revealed by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. And the best way for us to better know about God is through the study of His Word — the Bible.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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