Tuesday, May 4, 2010

God and Finals Crunch

Well it's finally here: Finals Week (aka slow and painful death). I'm sure I'm not the only one who's feeling kinda overwhelmed. I think that at times like this, we can be tempted to sin in two different ways.

1. We can try to do all our work in our own strength. we put our trust in our brilliant intellect and our incredible ability to go a week without sleep.

2. Probably the more popular option, we decide to throw up our hands and give up. We've got more work than is humanly possible to finish in one week so what's the point of trying?

Instead of falling into one of these groups, our response, as Christians in the midst of trials...I mean finals, is to turn to God. Here's a shocker: we can't get all our work done on our own. In fact, we can't do anything apart from God. We are dependent creatures and we need God to give us the strength and motivation to do what he has called us to do. At this point in your life, God has called you to be a student. Therefore, he is not going to abandon you during finals week and leave you to slug it through on your own.

1 Peter 5:6-7 says "6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." Our first job is to humble ourselves. We do this by acknowledging our complete dependence on God. Secondly, we cast our cares on him. We realize that God has led us to this place and he will help us through it in HIS strength because he cares for us.

How do we know he cares about us? He sent his only Son to die for us.

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