July 11, 2017
Writer: David Payne
During the BYU-Idaho Devotional on July 11, 2017, Brother Kirk Rawlins spoke with students about the importance of knowing and understanding our relationship with God. Brother Rawlins is the Director of University Communications at BYU-Idaho. His talk was titled, "All Things Are Known unto Him."
Brother Rawlins began his talk by reminding students of a basic doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"God is your Father in Heaven. He loves you. He knows you. He is aware of you. He hears you. He will answer you. Nothing is more important to Him than you," said Brother Rawlins. "Isn't that wonderful?"
Brother Rawlins told students that having this knowledge, that God indeed knows and loves each of them, should bring them hope.
"It can be difficult for me to comprehend how an infinite God, with infinite creations, can be aware of and love me," said Brother Rawlins. "I have pondered and studied how this can be and in the process, I have been strengthened by truth."
He then shared four truths that have blessed him in his life.
1. He wants us to love and care for the things that He has blessed us with.
2. He knows our names and everything about us.
3. He gives us examples in the scriptures and in the lives of others because we can apply them to our own lives.
4. Because He knows us, He knows our potential and has great expectations for us.
In an interview with Brother Rawlins, he said knowing God is our Father and that He knows and loves us is one of the most important aspects of the Gospel.
"To me, it's absolutely the foundation of everything that there is in religion," said Brother Rawlins. "As we look at the world and society there are so many people who feel like they don't need religion. Religion to some people is a crutch and I think that all of that goes away. All of it is absolutely and completely done away with if you understand that you are a child of God, that there is a God and that He is loving and benevolent and all-knowing and all-powerful and His only interest is in helping us to progress and have more than we currently have and be more like Him and to have a wonderful eternal future. If you really believe that and you know that, then it pretty much answers any other question you can come up with."
Brother Rawlins finished his address with his testimony and reemphasized some words of encouragement.
"God is your Father in Heaven. He loves you. He knows you. He is aware of you. He hears you. He will answer you. Nothing is more important to Him than you. Isn't that wonderful?"
Click below to hear Brother Kirk Rawlins' full devotional address.