Saturday, August 29, 2009

I write this post to...

all those who are with me as freshmen in university now. To Caleb (assuming you are finding it hard to cope with schoolwork... you better be!), Jeshua (really need to meet up. Or I shall continue with http://jeshystravels.blogspot.com!), Daniel Li (hope things are going fine in Australia- need to find more time to read your blog- I saw it 2 days ago. Very chim* sia), James (ok you don't read this blog anyway- hope Law is fine).

To Michael Naidu, Christabel, Chloe, Sarah.

To Andrea, Zhang Wei (who incidentally, I believe, does not read this blog), Clara, Jon Lim -Who are about to face their A levels.

To Jamie, Natalie, Jerusha, who are about to take their first major exam. Their PSLE!

No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him,
on those whose hope is in His unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine

Psalm 33:16-19

I wondered.
After learning so much about God recently
And His word
Have I now started to take things into my own hands?

Why come to university?
To study
Why go through A'levels, O's, PSLE?
To study more in the end?

Why study?
To do well in life?
To get a good job?
Is that really true?

No.
We study to honour God.
And as we honour God in what we do, we will see Him provide.

So let us not
over-work
over-worry (nay, let us not even worry!)
or rely on our own strength.

No student is saved by the size of his textbook
No exam candidate by his focused studying
A past exam paper is a vain hope for good grades
despite all the TYS- it cannot save
And even if you were to pass
If we were to do superbly
Without the help of God
But by our strength alone

What would we have gained?

We would have lost our walk with God.

We are on the edge of a cliff. As we reach for the beautiful flowers let us not lose hold of the rope. Did not a most important Man say that "what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but yet forfeit his very soul?"

Happy studying, us all. But let us not lose sight of God, for whom we study. Exam results and academic performance are but small things in the eyes of God. He who makes the lame walk and the blind see can bring us wherever He wills. Laws of nature do not bind Him. What makes our often stress-blinded minds think that grades will?

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