“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
1 John 1:5
This statement is such a sweet reminder to me of our God’s character, of all that He is. He is everything that is good and righteous and holy. He is perfect love, wisdom, and justice. He is grace and hope and compassion. He is the sum of all truth and the sustainer of all things.
It also impresses upon my heart all that He is not. God is never unrighteous. He is never unjust. He is never unfaithful or impure. He is never evil or thoughtless. And all of His actions toward us exhibit the fullness of His steadfast love—they are never void of this characteristic.
In Him is no darkness at all. The rest of the world has darkness. We see it in the selfishness and pride of others. We feel it in their lack of grace and understanding. We experience it in their letting us down or casting us aside. But absolutely none of that is anywhere in our God’s make-up. He is only ever light. All that is lovely, wonderful, and praise-worthy.
I saw a quote a few months back by Charles Spurgeon that has been firmly planted in my mind: “Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.” The implications of this declaration echo in my heart. Our God is sovereign. Nothing is out of His reach or beyond His control. He will get you where He wants you. He will accomplish every purpose and fulfill every good work in you. He has all authority over your circumstances. Our God is also all-knowing. Every possible avenue of your life, any of the other potential destinies that could have been yours, and the outcome of each of them, is entirely known to our Lord whose wisdom and understanding are far greater than our own. And our God is love. Love that is pure, powerful, and steadfast. Love that will never leave us and which follows us all of our days.
If all of these things are true (and they are), then we can look to Ephesians 3:20 with every confidence: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” Because if our God knows every possible path for our lives (including those we haven’t even dreamed of) and is able to accomplish the best one flawlessly, and if He loves us as much as He says He does (and has displayed in the act of giving His own Son to save us), then we can rest peacefully in the knowledge that our lives are kept firmly in His grasp and not a detail will be overlooked.