A few weeks ago I was speaking with someone who berated God for not caring enough about his people to make a personal appearance to speak with them in person. For him, a personal appearance meant care and concern. He thus defended his right to work with Satan because Satan, according to him, had paid him personal visits.
At the time of this conversation, I was unable to think of a rebuttal. I too would like to sit at a conference table or coffee table or at brunch and converse with God in person, instead of through the ether. Since then, I have tried to think of how God might respond at a press conference to this person's complaint. Perhaps he will say that the earth had been submerged in a miry pit that was home to Satan. Thus, it took very little effort for Satan to make an appearance, particularly to those who chose to reside in the deepest sections of the pit. God, however, seeks to pull us out of the pit, not join us in it. When we become tired of being in the pit and seek a way out of it, he appears at the perimeter to help us out.
Clearly, however, he shows up differently today than he did in the Old Testament. The Old Testament reports several "in person" appearances including face-to-face meetings with Moses (Exodus 33:11). In the New Testament, however, although they saw Jesus in person, they only heard the voice of God the Father (Matthew 3:17). The sin and rebellion was so great that not even Jesus was able to command a personal appearance by God. Two thousand years later, we still can only hear his voice, and only if we choose to listen.
If you have been deceived into thinking that God does not care about who we are as individuals, perhaps it is because you have never read the Bible. Perhaps instead you have relied on rumors, hearsay and spiritual gossip. The Scriptures may not be able to substitute for a personal appearance by God. However, clearly they show us how to travel to the place where God resides.