It is easy when reading the Old Testament to restrict God’s comfort, to see His promises only in theological or ethnic ways. But God’s voice of comfort doesn’t stop with the Old Testament or even with the New Testament. God has been finding ways to communicate with His children since the first living soul awoke to individual consciousness! Eben Alexander, for example, returned from his remarkable “near-death” experience saying: “None of us are ever unloved. Each and every one of us is deeply known and cared for by a Creator who cherishes us beyond any ability we have to comprehend. That knowledge must no longer remain a secret.” (Proof of Heaven 96)
Certainly the character of God that Alexander described rings true. That’s because it really hasn’t been “a secret.” As George MacDonald wrote in the 19th century, the God “who takes millions of years to form a soul that shall understand him and be blessed” isn’t limited to time or place or doctrine. He is “ever uttering himself” (Discovering the Character of God, Michael R. Phillips 32).