Exam Week Encouragement


If you are taking time to read this, you’re probably a college student putting off what’s most important in this moment: studying. At this point in the semester, students often think up ways to avoid grinding out the many hours of studying needed to get the job done and finish well. If this is you, here are three verses to help inspire you to fight on:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 
— Colossians 3:23–24

Context: Paul was writing this to slaves to remind them that it wasn’t their slave masters they were serving, but Jesus. They were representing Jesus while they worked. At this point in the semester, you might go as far as saying you feel like a slave to your professors. But remember, “It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you? 
— Nehemiah 6:3

Context: Sanballat was continuously opposing Nehemiah’s leadership of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. He conspired to meet with Nehemiah in an attempt to disrupt the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s response was simple: “I’m doing a great work, and I cannot come down.” These might be helpful words to remember this week when the roommates are trying to lure you away for an extra-long “study break.”

Finally, for those of you who have enjoyed this semester a little more than you probably should have, I will close with this last bit of encouragement for you:

With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. 
— 2 Samuel 22:30

Yes, with God all things are possible. But remember, you have a responsibility to do your part. The words “advance” and “scale” are verbs that indicate determination and action. So get back to studying with all your heart. Here’s to a great finish!