THE VOICE OF MANY WATERS
Rev. 1:14-15 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Every time I read this passage I think of my trip to Niagara Falls. I was able to take a trip there just one time, it left quite an impression. You can actually get quite close to the water fall on the viewing platform, the power and the sound is quite stunning. The Lord created rivers to display His glory, this water fall does exactly that. The power generated by this water fall can be productive or destructive. Entire cities can be powered by the energy generated by these falls, inappropriate or careless behavior can cause injury or even death. What a great picture of the power of God’s voice. To those who receive and embrace the power of His word, life change. To those who rebel and turn away from Him, destruction. Here are some thoughts about His mighty voice from Albert Barnes, he saw the majesty and authority in His voice.
“And his voice as the sound of many waters. As the roar of the ocean, or of a cataract. Nothing could be a more sublime description of majesty and authority than to compare the voice of a speaker with the roar of the ocean. This comparison often occurs in the Scriptures. Ezek. 43:2, “And behold the glory of the God of Israel came from the east: and his voice was like the sound of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.”
John Wesley saw the life and death that exist in the power of God’s word, here he speaks of the power it contains to comfort friends and the terror it strikes in the hearts of His enemies.
“And his voice—To the comfort of his friends, and the terror of his enemies. As the voice of many waters—Roaring aloud, and bearing down all before them.”
Matthew Henry saw the abundant and affluent nature of His word. He spoke of the word reaching all who are near as well as those who are far off.
“His voice was as the sound of many waters, of many rivers falling in together. He can and will make himself heard to those who are afar off as well as to those who are near. His gospel is a pro-fluent and mighty stream, fed by the upper springs of infinite wisdom and knowledge.”
Maybe its time for you to take a trip to God’s water fall. John found it on the Isle of Patmos, for me, I found this waterfall on a church floor in Texas. Regardless of where you are, His voice is calling out to whosoever will. If any one is thirsty, come to the River and drink. Your thirst will be quenched and rivers of life will flow out of your being.