“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” St. John 1:18
God speaks to His people. This is where all Biblical religion begins, with a God who knows us and who addresses us, who wishes us to know Him and the truth about Him. He has spoken, our Epistle lesson says, “at sundry times and in divers manners.”
All things began with His speaking, “let there be,” and it was—by the Word, Saint John assures us, “everything was made that was made.” God speaks through the creation itself—in vistas that take our breaths away, in the ordered progression of sun and moon, in the complex laws of nature. The heavens tell His glory, the Psalmist assures us, and all things return the cry, “bless the Lord, praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.”
God speaks in the conscience, our common faculty for knowing right and wrong, that “light that enlightens every man that comes into the world.” He speaks through our deepest longings and highest aspirations, our yearning to know that which is noblest and best, and to be united with it. He speaks in our desire to love others, in our search for deep stillness, in our persistent sense of justice.