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Is God hiding himself and his plans from us?

Isaiah 45:19I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner so no one can understand what I mean. And I did not tell the people of Israel to ask me for something I did not plan to give. I, the Lord, speak only what is true and right.

Isaiah 48:6You have heard my predictions and seen them fulfilled, but you refuse to admit it. Now I will tell you new things, secrets you have not yet heard.

Daniel 2:22He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he himself is surrounded by light.

Psalm 119:160The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever.

God knows every secret and every lie, but he only speaks the truth. He has shared many great and important things with us. The question is, are we listening?

John 18:20Jesus replied, "Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the people gather. I have not spoken in secret.

Ephesians 1:9-10God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ-which is to fulfill his own good plan. [10] And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ-everything in heaven and on earth.

God does not hide himself from us. In fact, he has revealed his grand plan to us. The purpose of this plan—the gospel—is to restore our relationship with him so we can live with him eternally.

Deuteronomy 4:29From there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.

1 Chronicles 28:9And Solomon, my son, get to know the God of your ancestors. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and with a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and understands and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

Psalm 27:8God wants us to know him and uses a variety of ways to reveal himself to all those who seek him. When we try to hide from God, we often blame the distance between us on God, claiming that he is the one doing the hiding. God is always trying to reveal himself to us . . . but do we really want to find him? To find him means facing a radical life change. Many of us are afraid of that. Sometimes, we need to ask ourselves if we are being honest in our search for God.

Romans 1:20From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.

God reveals himself through his creation. The evidence of an all-powerful God is all around us.

1 Corinthians 2:10But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit, and his Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God’s deep secrets.

God reveals himself and his wisdom through his Spirit. When we fail to understand the Word of God, perhaps it is because we have failed to respond to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 1:3The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.

Colossians 1:15Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.

Romans 16:25Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time.

Deuteronomy 29:29There are secret things that belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our descendants forever, so that we may obey these words of the law.

Ephesians 1:9God’s secret plan has now been revealed to us; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to his good pleasure.

God reveals himself through his Son, Jesus Christ, as the fulfillment of his salvation plan for mankind.

Ephesians 3:9I was chosen to explain to everyone this plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

God reveals his messages to us through one another.

Psalm 78:2for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past . . .

Matthew 11:25Then Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike.”

Matthew 13:35This fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet: “I will speak to you in parables. I will explain things hidden since the creation of the world.”

Luke 10:21Then Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.”

Luke 8:10He replied, “You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I am using these stories to conceal everything about it from outsiders, so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled: ‘They see what I do, but they don’t really see; they hear what I say, but they don’t understand.’”

Luke 9:45But they didn’t know what he meant. Its significance was hidden from them, so they could not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

John 16:25-30I have spoken of these matters in parables, but the time will come when this will not be necessary, and I will tell you plainly all about the Father.

God both hides and reveals his truth through parables, teachings, and his own Word. Whether his truth is revealed or hidden lies not with the sender or the message, but with the heart of the receiver.

Deuteronomy 31:17-18Then my anger will blaze forth against them. I will abandon them, hiding my face from them, and they will be devoured. Terrible trouble will come down on them, and on that day they will say, ‘These disasters have come down on us because God is no longer among us!’ At that time I will hide my face from them on account of all the evil they commit by worshiping other gods.

Psalm 10:1O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I need you the most?

Psalm 27:9Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!

Psalm 69:17Don’t hide from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble!

Psalm 89:46O Lord, how long will this go on? Will you hide yourself forever? Lamentations 3:44 . . . You have hidden yourself in a cloud so our prayers cannot reach you.

Job 23:1-10Then Job spoke again: “My complaint today is still a bitter one, and I try hard not to groan aloud. If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his throne and talk with him there. I would lay out my case and present my arguments . . . I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him. I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I turn to the south, but I cannot find him. But he knows where I am going. And when he has tested me like gold in a fire, he will pronounce me innocent.

Luke 18:1,7One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. [7] Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

Hebrews 11:27It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.

There are many reasons why God may seem far away. Sometimes (such as with Israel), a life of sin makes God unwelcome. In that case, we should repent and seek God’s forgiveness. But sin is not the only reason we may feel this way. Sometimes (such as with Job), we experience great tragedy and God doesn’t answer our prayers when we expect him to. This may leave us feeling ignored or unloved by God—but that doesn’t mean those feelings are true. Jesus tells a parable of a widow who kept begging a corrupt judge for justice. In time, the judge relented—if only to get the widow to leave him alone. Jesus says that if an unrighteous human judge would eventually give justice, how much more will God give justice to us as we keep crying out to him?