Ever since God called man out of hiding in the Garden of Eden, He has been hiding Himself from man and for man.
Adam and Eve went into hiding out of shame and fear. God calls them out of hiding to show His mercy and forgiveness and reveal... His plan of Salvation. Then He hides Himself from them, banishing them from the Garden lest they eat of the tree of life and be condemned to live forever as sinners who surely die from the heat of His wrath.
The rest of the story, the rest of Scripture, is the story of God’s coming out of hiding.
To hear the entire sermon preached for Judica, "Jesus Hid Himself" click on this link. http://lcmssermons.com/index.php?sn=3735