How to honor God in your studies

Posted: August 15, 2016 in thought to ponder
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Someone asked me how do we balance stewardship (focusing on eternity) and honoring God (through studying). Here’s my view…

#1 Depend on God.

Prov. 3:5-6 says trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

It is so easy to be fixated on focusing on what I can do, what I will memorize, what strategy I will use, when truth is, in studying, dependence on God is the key. Before you study, pray. While you’re studying, talk to God.

John 15:5 is where Jesus said ‘apart from me you can do nothing.’ That includes studying. Apart from Jesus, you will not be able to memorize, wisdom will not come, strength will not flow.

Learn to be dependent on God in your studies.

#2 Keep your integrity intact.

Proverbs 28:18 – whoever walks in integrity will be delivered.

As a student, it is easy to fall into the trap of passing by all means, including cheating, including shortcuts. Proverbs tell us that if we keep our integrity, we will be delivered. Pray, study and then as you take the exams, you honor God by keeping your integrity.

#3 Be a good steward.

Honoring God also means taking care of what He has given. We will be accountable for the time, for the effort we gave, for how we live our lives as students.

If we are failing, get a tutor. Don’t walk alone. Make the most of your time. Instead of hanging out, why not as you hang out, let your friend or tutor mentor you in the subject you are struggling with.

#4 Focus on eternity.

Lastly, don’t lose heart. Exams are temporary. Fix your eyes that there is something bigger in eternity, that is being with the Lord. We take the exams, but we don’t make the exam our life. Don’t overstress on the grade, rather, we focus on taking the exam and honor the Lord in the process.

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