By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning content writer and author who specializes in writing for nonprofits and faith-based organizations.
An online devotional for writers
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. (Isaiah 53:6, NLT)
A comparison shows what’s the same and what’s different between two objects.
The human brain relies on comparisons to organize information. It’s one way we can process all the stimuli that floods our senses each day.
Think about the comparison between Jenny and Ella. Your mind has them pegged as quick writers. They finished their drafts in less time than was expected. And Jenny? Well, if you’re in a situation where efficiency is important, then you want her on your team.
God knows that our human minds need a way to understand Him. His Word is full of comparisons – concrete similarities and contrasts.
For instance, “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away,” gives us a point of reference. People in Bible times knew all about sheep. They need guidance. They tended to wander. The comparison helps us understand what God sees: confused creatures that need our Father’s staff to pull us back on the path.
Comparison makes for clearer writing. When you use comparison, you give your reader a point of reference she can understand.
Use comparison to give readers a point of reference.
Your Word contains comparisons that let me understand you better. Help me do the same for my readers. Show me how to make my writing clearer with good comparisons.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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