Every single thing 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