In this life, with all its distractions and discouraging struggles, we can sometimes lose sight of truth and falter in our hope. At such times, it can be reassuring to remember the Lord’s declaration: “I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6). There surely is a God, and He is over all. Yet, while God is over all creation, we are not beneath His notice. In fact, He is our Father, and He devotes Himself to lifting, encouraging, and teaching us so that we can grow and enjoy His richest blessings. The psalmist wrote, “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:21). In our struggles, it is crucial to remember that God is our Father, that He loves us, and that He will always be on our side.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently taught:
We have all seen a toddler learn to walk. He takes a small step and totters. He falls. Do we scold such an attempt? Of course not. What father would punish a toddler for stumbling? We encourage, we applaud, and we praise because with every small step, the child is becoming more like his parents.
…[C]ompared to the perfection of God, we mortals are scarcely more than awkward, faltering toddlers.…
I do not believe in a God who would set up rules and commandments only to wait for us to fail so He could punish us. I believe in a Heavenly Father who is loving and caring and who rejoices in our every effort to stand tall and walk toward Him. Even when we stumble, He urges us not to be discouraged—never to give up or flee our allotted field of service—but to take courage, find our faith, and keep trying.
The Apostle Paul plainly testified that “we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16). If we are His children, then He is our Father in the truest sense of the word. God is perfect and eternal, and His love and concern for us are equally infinite and unfailing. He wants to see us succeed in life. Sometimes, He helps us in ways that we cannot see, but just because we do not always recognize His hand in our lives does not mean that He isn’t always working to secure a brighter future for us.
Indeed, God loves us—not collectively, but individually and without exception. We are not merely a crowd for which He has fond feelings; rather, you and I are unique and beloved children of a Heavenly Father. He loves us so much that He sent His only perfect Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die so “that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17). Jesus’ life and service is the greatest testimony of God’s love for us. Christ said, “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak…” (John 8:28). Every kind word that Jesus spoke, every healing He performed, every good deed He did was a reflection of the love of God, a God whose greatest desire was—and is—to bless His children.
Because of our Heavenly Father’s love for us, He will always look out for our best interests. The Book of Mormon prophet Nephi wrote that “He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world…” (2 Nephi 26:24). We don’t need to worry, then, about whether or not God will help us; we just need to worry about recognizing and accepting the help and love He already sends our way. He will never give up on us. He will never stop loving us.
Behold, doth he cry unto any saying, Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price…. Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance. Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden. (2 Nephi 26:25, 27-28)
All things testify to the majesty of God, our Father. He directed the creation of our planet, with its peaks and oceans, and of countless other worlds and galaxies. He is the Lord and King of all, and still He is devoted to our well-being. Though we may feel insignificant, we must never forget that we will always be somebody to Him. Let us, therefore “praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men,” and rejoice in His incomparable love and care.