Dr. Packer Has Come To the End of Active Ministry
I would be remiss if I did not note here the news that my beloved father in the faith, J.I. Packer, has come to the end of active ministry.
Dr. Packer has lost vision in both eyes, thus, he can no longer read or continue writing.
I’ll have much more to say about this in the days ahead…for now, I’m taking the news harder than he is.
From the linked interview: “God knows what he’s doing,” Packer recently told me in a phone interview.
Rather than being paralyzed by fear or self-pity, Packer is confident that “this comes as a clear indication from headquarters. And I take it from him.”
Whether his response stems more from the British stiff upper lip or decades’ worth of sanctification, Packer is living out a truth he has long believed and proclaimed: God is sovereign and good in all things.
“God knows what he’s up to,” says the author of Knowing God and Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. “And I’ve had enough experiences of his goodness in all sorts of ways not to have any doubt about the present circumstances.” He adds, “Some good, something for his glory, is going to come out of it.”
This is the essence of what I learned from him and it’s these truths that grant me rest and a desire to rise in the morning in any circumstance.
We may be losing him in life, but the gifts he gave us will last forever.