Hi @Zenshii! I completely understand your feelings with this question. I actually recently made a post about the hiddenness of God too. These are all excellent points, I also received a lot of helpful responses on my post.
Here are some helpful takeaways I had:
The Rich Man and Lazarus story in Luke 16:19-31 is very helpful to look at. Lazarus was asking Abraham from hell to warn his brothers so they wouldn’t end up there too. Abraham said “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” So even if God were to do more, who’s to say that people would respond? And the Bible says we will be judged based on what we know so maybe it is God’s mercy that He doesn’t reveal Himself more to people- then they would be held to a higher accountability.
Your question also really resonates with me:
“But as for your uncle and grandmother…I’m so sorry to hear that…see, that’s something I struggle with…like, why wasn’t your uncle or grandmother healed because of your grandmother’s faith? It seems like God would have healed her so others around her would have witnessed the healing and their faith would be strengthened…Or it would even bring someone to know Christ…”
I have a hard time when I hear these stories too. But as @MicahB stated, it really comes down to faith. This is a link to a helpful response I received on the matter of faith in relation to this question:
I definitely struggle with questioning God in these ways. In fact, I have been on my knees praying hard for my family’s salvation every day for a long time. I have felt much frustration in why God hasn’t seemed to answer the prayers completely yet. But then I think back and feel guilt because I see how greatly He has worked already. He has worked massively in my family, even if they are not quite there yet, I believe He will save them. I have to remind myself to choose to focus on praising God for the great work He has done rather than doubting God. I don’t see the big picture, but He does. He is actively working, sometimes it’s just about taking a step back from our fear & doubt and reflecting on what He has done in our lives. I also find reflecting on passages about God’s character in relation to our prayers helpful. Here are some good ones:
-Luke 18:1-8 (Parable of the Persistent Widow) -“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? "
Matthew 7:11- “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Philippians 1:6- “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
James 5:15-17- " And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years."
I found great comfort in 1 John 5:14 years ago when I was struggling with frustration over not seeing God’s response to my prayer for my family. A pastor read me that verse and then quoted 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” He told me by seeing God’s desire in that passage, my prayer for my family’s salvation is within God’s will. That encouraged me to be able to pray in faith.
Reading the gospels, you can clearly see that Jesus responds to prayers made in faith that are within His will. I know all of these Scriptures are awesome until we hear about someone who prayed in faith and then the healing or whatever they were asking didn’t happen. In this case, I believe we need to focus on trusting in God’s perfect will. We need to trust that if God didn’t respond in the way we were hoping, there is a better reason. We should keep praying and not lose heart- for God will respond in the best way He sees fit- out of His loving, merciful, just and perfect character.
I hope these thoughts help! God bless!