I’m not so sure if God hides his face from us. Rather than a reality, it may be what the person is sensing within due to the pain and struggles.
David experienced such a depth of pain and expressed those words several times. On the cross, Jesus asked: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” This doesn’t have to mean that God the Father forsook Jesus at the point of his greatest agony. It means that at the greatest point of agony he felt so distraught that it felt like he was deserted by everyone, even his heavenly Father. Thus we also have the words of David: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psa 13:1)
No, God doesn’t hide. We just get blinded by the intensity of our pain and the depth of our struggles.
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