With just a glimpse of a college campus, it is easy to tell that it is finals week. Some students are stumbling from class to class due to late night study sessions. Others are carrying mugs of coffee and huge backpacks, intent on getting some serious studying done in the library. Finals may be a huge stress-inducer, but there is a promise of rest once all is accomplished.
This week, as I made my best attempt at not becoming stressed, I came across a verse that has stuck with me and become my theme verse—especially during this time of comprehensive testing. Isaiah 40:28-31 (ESV):
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
How encouraging it is to know that God renews the strength of His people! However, this does not mean that we should procrastinate on our studies and cram the night before. Rather, we should be responsible and diligent, and when exhaustion knocks on our door, we should surrender our weariness to the Lord and turn to Him for strength.
I encourage you to make time to spend with the Lord this week, even if you are drowning in piles of study guides. He is our source of strength, my brothers and sister in Christ.