Does God really care about Finals?

 

Finals are around the corner and stress levels are skyrocketing. Students have only a few weeks to save the semester!!!  LET THE GAMES BEGIN! As a youth pastor, I see young students losing their heads at this time every year. I TOTALLY GET IT! BEEN THERE DONE THAT Nevertheless, for some reason students tend to get very “religious” about this matter. They start visiting church once again, posting Bible verses (Philippians 4:13 = the old-time favorite of course) and praying that they will see the hand of God literally jotting down the answers for that algebra test. All this being said:

Does God really care about finals? We sure do.

Is it ok to drag God into our academic turmoil?

My answer is a plain YES. Nevertheless, students need to remember that more than an A+, God wants your attention, your worship, and your unconditional love. He wants you to call on his name not only during finals, but every day of your existence on earth!

3 John 1:2 states: “Dear friend, I pray that you are doing well in every way and that you are healthy, just as your soul is healthy” You see, the key here is “just as your soul is healthy”. God wants you to succeed at school and in every possible aspect of your life. But, God is far more interested in your soul’s wellness.  Only through a relationship with Jesus our souls can find rest, wholeness, and growth.

I would like to give you a few simple and practical advices for this hectic season!

4 Advices for finals

  1. Keep calm- It is not the end of the world. Students tend to see finals as their death sentence. This just marks the end of another great semester filled with long sleepless nights and several mocha fraps along the way.
  2. Prioritize- Seek the kingdom of God first (Matthew 6:33) Many people think this philosophy is totally counterproductive since going to church will take some time off your study period. However, I believe that there is time for everything that is done under the sun. You will not flunk your classes because of a devotional or a church service. Giving Jesus the first place is never and it will never be disappointing.
  3. Get it done- faith without works is dead (James 2:17) God will not compensate for your laziness. He has already given you what you need to succeed and excel in your studies (a brain and air in your lungs). If you believe you can get it done, get it done. If you have faith, the Bible says, you can say to the mountain move and it shall move. But it also says that you have to tell the mountain. The mountain will not move unless you stand up and tell it to move. In the same way, you will not ace a test unless you get off your bed and study.
  4. Ask Seek and knock- Those who seek God with all their hearts and with the right intentions will definitely find him. If you lack wisdom, ask for it (James 1:5). The Holy Spirit lives inside of you and he will guide you to all truth and righteousness (John 16:13). God is just one prayer away!

You can do this- Trust God – Study hard – and enjoy the outcomes!

 

Blessings