You might often hear how God provides for you, and that is true. What is also true is that in this world living a life that is holy and pleasing to God is not going to be easy. Here’s what a guy called G.K. Chesterton once said:

‘Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried’

When we push through the hard things of following Jesus, we discover an amazing kind of life. We begin to see God’s presence in our lives in new ways. Have you found that serving God can be tough? Hang in there! The reward of knowing God is worth it. Don’t leave it untried!

Read an amazing promise in 1 Corinthians 2 here:

Why exams God?


Why exams God? It seems like a whole lot of pressure and work to show what I don’t know. I suppose it is hard to see what I really know without being tested? Holy Spirit, help me to have the point of view in life that whatever hard stuff comes up (whether it is exams, relationship, family or whatever) it is a chance to see what I really know or believe in my heart about life, myself and you, God. All I need to remember is that you, God, will never let me down; you’ll never let me be pushed past my limit; you’ll always be there to help me come through it.

Read 1 Cor 10v13 (The Message) here:


Reading both God-books


Where’s God when you’re studying bio, history, maths, art,[…] ? Does the work sometimes seem a bit pointless? How about seeing it this way:

‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
…their voice goes out into all the earth…’ (Psalm 19v1&4

God has given us a book – the Bible – to know God better, but God has written another ‘book’ – the whole creation: everything that exists, everything that humans have done in history either show us something about God or the Story God is writing.

Ask God to open your eyes to that other ‘book’ as you study – I think you’ll find God has been there all along.


Prayer and exams


Does your prayer life get a lot more active during exams? You know, like: ‘Dear God, answers please!’ or, ‘please put my parents in a good mood for that report…’

I’m not sure God answers our prayers for divine knowledge the way we’d like but here are some totally legit things you CAN ask God to do: help you study well, resist distractions, think clearly, help you remember the work and not panic in the exam. Most of all that you know his peace, love and presence as you work.

Prayer is no substitute for studying but it connects us to the One who loves knowledge and understanding – and wants us to have that too. So pray lots!

Great exam Psalm here: