Perhaps this should not be profound to me, but it is!
The first action God takes in Scripture is to speak. And by speaking, things are created.
Exodus 33 says that God spoke to Moses face-to-face, as to a friend.
In contrast, Scripture says that idols have eyes but do not see, mouths but do not speak (Isaiah 44).
We were challenged in class to consider how often we are like the Israelites, desiring God to act more like a golden calf. Be regal, in a place of honor, receiving our worship and be a point of reference for all the prayers we lift up. But God is not like the idols. He is LIVING, and he speaks. Are we listening? Do you expect him to talk to you?
Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice -Jesus John 18:37