This is the point in the semester when a lot of us have begun the rough weeks. Assignments and tests are piling up in front of us. Perhaps they were on our syllabi the first day of class, but it is just now hitting us that they are actually upon us. I speak from experience that this is a perplexing and stressful time. We worry about so much, but God says in His Word to trust in him. Matthew 6:25-34 is a passage of comfort for those in stress-out mode.
Two verses in particular stand out in this passage. Matthew 6:33-34, “’But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’” This does not mean that we can just not care, or become apathetic about our work. What it does relate to us is that we should make time for God in the midst of our stress. Prayer and reflection are excellent ways to cast our cares upon the Lord. Spending some time in devotions and prayer daily will strengthen our faith and allow us to clear our heart and give it all up to God.
Diligently seeking God by scripture reading is not just for the bad times, or stressful times, although we tend to find our greatest solace in the arms of God when we feel so weak and stressed that we can barely pick ourselves up. I encourage each of us to set aside time for prayer and reflection each day, even if it is fifteen minutes in the morning, sometime after lunch, or even before we lay our heads down at night. So stay strong in the coming weeks, prepare accordingly, and trust God for the strength to get you through.