Does God Hide from Us?
If God is real, and He wants people to have a relationship with Him, then why doesn’t he reveal himself in a more magnificent and compelling way? Why doesn’t he take His cosmic finger and write across the sky that He desires to know everyone in a personal way? Why doesn’t He pull out a megaphone and with thundering voice pronounce, “Hey, you. Yea, you that doubts and questions me. You that doubts my very existence, I am here to tell you that I do in fact exist and that you should worship me.”
Some wonder, does God hide himself? Why is He not more overt? Skeptics often cite this as a reason for disbelief. If God were real, He would do more to communicate that fact to us. But it isn’t only skeptics that struggle with the supposed hiddenness of God, at times Christians often want to see God manifest himself in a more visible way.
So, does God hide himself? Are we immersed in a metaphysical game of hide and seek, with God having found a hiding spot that is difficult for us to ferret out? Before we address this question, let us first be reminded that God is not subject to our demands. He owes us absolutely nothing. He is not required to give us any sort of explanation. So where is God? Is He hiding? Is He difficult to find? Why isn’t he more apparent?
We must remember, when God created mankind he walked among them. Instead of a game of hide and seek, we find in Genesis that God “walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day.” So apparently, at the onset of creation, man and God enjoyed fellowship in a direct sense. Then sin entered the world, and who is it that we find hiding? God doesn’t hide. God doesn’t remove Himself. Instead we see Adam and Eve have made the decision to hide. It was man that hid initially and broke this extremely intimate connection between God and humanity. This in and of itself is quite fascinating.
In a general sense, man has kept God at arm’s length. So often, we hide our faces from God due to various reasons, not from a lack of God making Himself known. If we decide to look for God, we do in fact see that He does reveal Himself. We are reminded in Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
God reveals Himself expressively in His written word. “Beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27). God also revealed Himself explicitly to mankind through Jesus Christ. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14). We also see God make Himself known through nature. “For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world,being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). We also see that God communicates through His Spirit to us if we are willing to hear. “He will give you another Counselorto be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17).The Spirit of God draws us to Himself. We also find that believers in Christ also reveal God to those around them, as we see in Acts 1:8 that Christians, “Will be My witnesses.”
God definitely reveals Himself, yet to some, He does not do it according to their choosing or cater to their demands. As Carl Sagan once said, “If we had one message from outer space, we would believe there is intelligent life out there.” In response, it is interesting to note that a single human strand of DNA will fill up 600,000 pages. If I walk into my home and see a letter on my table that says “Hello Josh”, I will be forced to assume that some willful intelligence placed that there. Mr. Sagan would also agree, yet he turns a blind eye to the thousand volumes of information written on a single strand of DNA.
Some people do not want to see God, so they hide their face. As Blaise Pascal once brilliantly pointed out, “God has given us evidence sufficiently clear to convince those with an open heart and mind, yet evidence sufficiently vague so as not to compel those whose hearts and minds are closed.” Those who look and want to find God will see this evidence as satisfactory. God draws everyone to Himself, and those with an open and sensitive heart will find Him.
“He who has ears, let him hear.” – Matthew 11:15
Walk good. Live wise. Be blessed.
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