Is God absent in the dark and wicked places of the earth? It certainly felt that way to the Judeans when they were taken to Babylon, but God showed Ezekiel that he is not restricted to a temple or any land; he is able to be anywhere and everywhere his people are.
Who is like God? Who can bring the stars out each night and lead the earth in its dance around the Sun? Isaiah 40 challenges us that there is none like God, so we must take care lest our earthly experiences distort our knowledge of God. Nevertheless, God has left adequate witnesses that we may know him truly.
In Genesis 15 we discover a God who shows unpredictable grace, promising to act in the most daring manner for his people's sake.
In the beginning we meet a God all-powerful yet approachable, reigning in heaven yet beside us. Portrait 1, from Portraits of a Great God.
Have you ever wondered what the OT background is for Matt 2:23, that "he would be called a Nazarene?" I have found this answer satisfactory.