One of the books I have been reading for quite some time is J. I. Packer’s classic, Knowing God. It is taking so long because there is so much there. I mean, really, is there any way we could “know God” quickly?
Anyway, I’m in chapter 12, “The Love of God” and found this great nugget of wisdom from Dr. Packer. I hope it encourages you the way it did me when I first read it.
To say “God is light” is to imply that God’s holiness finds expression in everything that he says and does. Similarly, the statement “God is love” means that his love finds expression in everything that he says and does.
The knowledge that this is so for us personally is the supreme comfort for Christians. As believers, we find in the cross of Christ assurance that we, as individuals, are beloved of God; “the Son of God…loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20). Knowing this, we are able to apply to ourselves the promise that all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to his purpose (Rom 8:28). Not just some things, note, but all things! Every single things that happens to us expresses God’s love to us, and comes to us for the furthering of God’s purpose for us.
Thus, so far as we are concerned, God is love to us – holy, omnipotent love – at every moment and in every event of every day’s life. Even when we cannot see the why and the wherefore of God’s dealings, we know that there is love in and behind them, and so we can rejoice always, even when, humanly speaking, things are going wrong. We know that the true story of our life, when known, will prove to be, as the hymn says, “mercy from first to last” – and we are content. (J. I. Packer, Knowing God, pp. 122-23)