To guide us during our mortal existence, God has given us commandments to live by and a savior, Jesus Christ, to teach us how to live our life by the example he set and to redeem us from our sins and mistakes.
During mortality, God wants us to show our faith by turning to him for strength, guidance and comfort when we encounter disappointments, setbacks, sorrows and struggles.
However, when we face challenging times and feel that we can bear no more, we may ask: Is God really there and does he care? Does God know what I’m feeling?
Why has God abandoned me? If he were really a loving God, why doesn’t he show me by giving me what I need?
I know that God does, indeed, know each of us perfectly. He loves and cares for us more than we can imagine.
It is against his character to ever abandon us. He wants us to become like him. He knows that in order for us to acquire God-like attributes, however, we need to experience things that will try us and stretch us, just as storms strengthen trees by causing them to take deeper root.
As part of this stretching process, we are to learn to exercise faith in him and his son, Jesus Christ, and to trust their love.
Sometimes the loads or burdens we are carrying seem to be too much to bear, but to an all knowing, all loving, heavenly Father, they are exactly what we need to help us become the kind of person he would have us become.
To pose questions to our columnists, write email@example.com.
Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.