Shiv'a de-Nechemta: The Philosophy of Comfort and Redemption - 4
Even in the "slap" that Hashem gives us, there is a measure of his relationship with us. This is similar to a father who might hit his son who ran into the road, because he loves him and wants him to be safe.
Shiv'a de-Nechemta: The Philosophy of Comfort and Redemption - 6
The exile was an active decisions of G-d, the result of which was a state of hester panim for the nation. Those who choose to come and live in the Land today and fulfill the prophecies of yore – merit to return to the protective gaze of Hashem Himself.