First, know that this is an opinion. Scripture does not explain why God does not reveal Himself. It is a question that, it seems to me, we all wonder about at some point.
I have given it some thought and I believe God has answered me. So, because I have a big mouth and can’t keep anything to myself, I would like to share my understanding with you.
The first thing is that it is obvious that God does not openly reveal Himself. It seems strange to us that He does not do so. Because we, as Christians, know in our hearts that there is a God we wonder why He does not show Himself!
It seems to us that it would be logical for God to reveal Himself so that everyone could see Him, turn to Him, and be saved. If anyone could see God they would realize how wonderful, good, and loving He really is and they would immediately want to live with Him for all eternity.
Because God wants all to be saved (Isa 45:22, 1 Tim 2:3&4, &Mat 18:14) it seems rather illogical for Him not to reveal Himself. However, God is logical and when we understand and consider His plans it all makes sense.
I believe that the goal of our Father is that He wants children. Not just any children, but children that are like Him (1 John 4:17). I mean children that love Him and also love all of the other children that belong to Him. God is love (1 John 4:8 & 16), so when His children love, they are like Him.
It would not be logical to want to live with those who do not love you. There could be no peace when those who surround you do not love and trust you. When they decide they want something that belongs to you, and they do not love you, they will take it. This world attests to this and there is no peace here.
God can do anything, so He could have made children that had no choice but to love Him. It seems obvious to me that love, true love, can not be mandated; it must be given because we want to give it. We had to have the choice whether to love God or not, and not too is wrong (sin).
Therefore, it seems to me that God must not do anything other than to tell man what a good and awesome God He is and tell us when something is wrong.
We must only know what is right and what is wrong and God has given us a conscience so that we know when something is wrong. When we do something wrong, our conscience does not say to us ‘God says that is wrong’. It only declares it wrong and it does so without words.
If we did not have a conscience the test would be unfairly biased in favor of Satan, because Satan has the power to reward, with the things of this world, those who choose to follow him. You see, God is absolutely fair; even with Satan!
So, it seems to me that God must hide Himself from us, so that the test is absolutely fair and just.
You may, or may not, agree with me as to the reason God does not reveal Himself, but you know there is a God and you also know that He has hidden Himself from mankind. So, what do you think is the reason?