If you are about to write an exam, this article is for you. How to overcome all kinds of mental and emotional hurdles? Shortest answer, “Study as best as you can, trust in God no matter what. Your conviction of the effort you put into studying and then relying on God is all that matters.”
God is in our every detail. He is interested in your study-life. If we look into the Bible for inspiration, there’s enough info for a man to live thousands of years. Good news, life span is shorter now.
FAITH OVERCOMES FEAR
No matter how much you study, it never seems enough. There is always the fear of missing out some portion. Fear does not help us prepare well. What to do? As a believer, you are already blessed. Have the faith of the Son of God, trust in the Heavenly Father, in prayer receive a fresh anointing to drive the tormenting spirit away and prepare for the battle.
We see Jesus assuring his disciples, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
God’s promises to Israel, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:10,13)
PEACE KEEPS ANXIETY AWAY
I asked a child recently how she was feeling, and she said “I’m worried.” She had lost her peace, and often felt further pressurised by the anxious words of her friends. God assures us greatly, encouraging us to pray with thanksgiving and move through the battle.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7)
PRAY ALWAYS TO SETTLE YOUR NERVES
With fear and anxiousness coupling to bear down on you, nervousness creeps in weakening you from giving your best. Paul, who served the Lord wholeheartedly gained his strength by trusting in Christ. He encountered tough situations, trusted God when he felt nervous. Give your mind and heart to Jesus, be a prayer warrior, consistently immersed in praise and worship.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)
YOU ARE UNIQUE; INFERIOR TO NONE
The feeling of someone better always being better than you is a lie of the devil. The enemy, devil, is always shooting lies in to the minds of students from giving their best. You can put in the hours to study well, but if you compare yourself with others it will lead to dissatisfaction. Leaving you unprepared for the exam. Comparison of any kind is a false foundation. You are unique. Despite your lack, in Christ, you are made strong.
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. (Joel 3:10)
BE CONFIDENT OF GOD; NOT IN SELF
Never go into any exam, be it in school or life, thinking you can do it on your own. Never forget that this life is not about you. It’s all about Jesus. Whatever we do in word or in deed, when done in Christ, fully trusting Him, bears best results. To believe means to have the faith of the Son of God. God is faithful, even if we are not all the time.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (Mark 11:23)
TURN PAST TEST FAILURES INTO TESTIMONY
“I’ve never got good marks in Math, I never will” are words of disbelief because you failed earlier. You have stopped believing in getting good marks ever again in Math or any subject you are weak in. This approach will leave you unprepared, and even after you prepare, lingering doubts will never allow you to write well. Put your trust in God, study, keep the faith. In time, you will bear the results God desires.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. (Joel 2:25)
HAVE EXAM FEVER?
When all the tension and worrying gets to you literally, and you fall sick, the battle gets really tough. A physical fever only adds to the mental problems. Those who rest in Jesus receive power and healing of every kind, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. (Isaiah 40:29)
DEPENDENCE ON GOD KEEPS MIND ACTIVE
Neuroscience reveals that to remember one needs to forget. After all that effort and working hard studying for the exam what’s the next worst thing that can happen? A loss of memory. It’s such a frightful and frustrating feeling when you are unable to remember the very topic that’s come for the exam. God is merciful, He gives His children wisdom, and knowledge and understanding in time of need. Forget about forgetting, study well, cover as many topics, revise. Don’t forget to keep praying and keeping your mind active with a fresh Word from God everyday. All will be well.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Ecc 2:26)
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. (Psalms 37:23)
VICTORY IS YOURS
At the end of it all, when we entirely entrust God with our lives let’s be assured that He will do all things for our good. Victory will always be His, and ours eventually. We were created for a much larger vision than we can actually comprehend with our limited understanding. Give God the control, He will always deliver in His time. Not necessarily in our time. Isn’t that what trust is all about?
Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. (I Chronicles 29:11)
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. (Psalms 75:6)
In my time, I studied very hard for my Board Exams during Standard 10 & 12. I was completely convinced after every exam on how much I would score for each. Yet, I ended up getting very poor marks. I was disappointed with my education, and lost further interest in studies, even though I pursued graduation and post grad. What kept me going was the move of God upon my life and the conviction He gave me concerning my effort during thr exams. Even if I struggled in my personal devotion time, going to church helped me get a clearer perspective as the Spirit of God directed me. Later in life, I found myself speaking to parents to trust in God rather than set false expectations in their children. Also, time with children to encourage them on how Jesus never fails His children when they go to Him in all sincerity.
I hope this article directs and inspires you to trust in God no matter what life brings. Don’t fear, Jesus is near.