For all my friends from Penn State to University of Wyoming: I know you are enduring the few weeks left of study and exams; here is a little post from our ministry website: BCMofSC.wordpress.com. I hope it encourages you! Hang in there.
The end of the semester is approaching fast, and with it, final’s week. So we’ve provided a list of quick tips for studying… your Bible! Don’t forget to engage in some much needed time with God in the next few weeks. Here are a few good reasons why, according to Psalm 119:
1. To finish strong, you will try to study well, avoid opportunities to cheat, and make the most of your last weeks as a student:
“How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.” Verse 9
2. Unfortunately, there will still be moments you might feel like a complete failure:
“I lie in the dust; revive me by your word.” V. 25
3. Because finals week can lead to some crazy emotions:
“I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.” V. 28
4. And there are far too many negative activities to tempt you during a study break, which will only tear you down and distract you further:
“Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” V. 37
5. Snacking on unhealthy foods while studying can lead to an unhelpful sugar crash.:
“How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.” V. 103
“The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.” V. 130
7. More than likely, you’re going to pull an all-nighter. Lucky for you:
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” V. 105
8. Or, you inherited masochists for group-project partners, and they all decided to meet at 6AM to finish the project:
“I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.” V 147
9. In the end, you may have to question an unfair grade, or a professor that overlooked your effort. Do not be discouraged. Remember that sometimes….
“…Powerful people harass me without cause, but my heart trembles only at your word.” V. 161
10. When it is all over, you’ll want to party like it’s 2000 and Y2K fell through. Remember to give credit to God who helped you through it all:
“I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.” V. 162
Keep your Bible handy these next few weeks. Try reading a section of Psalm 119 every few hours during your study time (there are 22 stanzas, one for each letter in the Hebrew alphabet). You may find the insight and encouragement to be just the right perspective for all the stress and deadlines of finals week.