Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Never-ending Syllabus

Today as I was working, I checked my seminary email. I noticed that the professor of the class I am taking this Summer in August, Church History I, had sent his students an e-mail. It contained an attachment to the syllabus for the class. I had been looking forward to this. Seeing what books I needed to buy, what assignments I may could get started on. When I opened the attachment, I gasped. Before me was the never-ending syllabus. Or so I thought. I seemed to go on for page upon eternal page. It looked like way too much work to do in so little time. On about page infinity, I quit reading it. I thought to myself, "How and I gonna pull this off?" I have a pretty good streak going. I have made 2 A's and a B so far, and have a GPA of 3.6. I just knew this class might end my streak of good grades.

It was then that I realized that I was basing all of this on my own abilities. I was putting the all the burden of class on my own shoulders. I then recalled my life verse. Phillipians 1:6 says that "He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ." I did not call myself to seminary God did. He began this work in me. He has a purpose for it. This verse literally says that God will keep on completing me until the His Son returns in all His glory. The God who called me to this task of seminary will see it through to its completion . In retrospect, I was right. I can't do it. But my God can do anything.

I encourage you that if you come upon a task that seems too big for you. It probably is. But it is but a pebble to a God who can move mountains. If you are a believer, God has began an amazing work in your life, and He promises to see it through to the end. Take heart! It is a comfort to know that we can do nothing, but our God can do anything.

"Lord, help me to overcome myself. Help me cast aside my doubts, my fears, my worries, and my burdens. There is no load too big that Your mighty shoulders can't bear it. You are a God of wonders, and Your wonders never cease to amaze me. Thank you for beginning a new work in the heart of Your people, and thank You that you will see it through to the end. Forever and always, You are God Almighty, and I will lean on You. Amen"

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