Epiphany: The Revealing of Christ Jesus
“Christ is revealed;
The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders.
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.
Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings; honor the Lord for his glory and strength.
Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
In his temple everyone shouts, “Glory!” The Lord reigns forever.
The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” (Adapted Ps. 29)
As I consider my entry into this season of Epiphany, I think about the many ways that God is revealed to me.
There are the many ways that most Christians will confess revelation such as the Christian Bible and the tangible glory of Creation itself. These are, of course, the “biggies” in the world of my tradition and I accept them as part of my experience as well. Still, as I ponder some of the words from Psalm 29 today, I recognize even more profoundly, the voice of the Lord thundering within me.
When I think back, reflecting over the course of my life, I remember always being able to hear the voice of God. Certainly, to some ears, this statement sounds grossly arrogant. I think it is not.
I am aware that I did not always recognize the voice of God for what it was. Similar to young Samuel (from the Bible’s Old Testament writings), I was young, naïve, and far too inexperienced to understand or recognize God’s voice within me. I needed experience and coaching, as did Samuel. We all do. The gleaning of knowledge, guidance, experience, and wisdom has helped me to learn the person of God and to learn the voice of God has been with me always. More importantly, I have learned to believe this is true for everyone.
My position for this belief is based upon what I have experienced and has been reinforced by all that I have learned through reading, learning, listening, and considering teaching from persons much more learned and experienced than myself. I have ruminated and tested what I have learned and compared it to the written teachings (particularly the Bible, but other religious texts as well), and my personal experiences and fully believe that God is real, He is revealed in the person of Christ, and God dwells within every human soul. I believe this. I believe it is true for me. I believe it is true for everyone.
If God is who has been revealed to us through the Bible and countless other religious writings and traditions—and if we are created in his own image, it should be an easy belief to think that God speaks to us and through us. The journey we are on is learning to discern, understand, and translate that Voice. The Voice of Truth. Truth is recognizable in the actions of love. Love is recognizable in its consistency—“it never fails” and neither does God. God’s Voice is always present, always within, and thunders eternally.