Pupils scramble to gather their notes for the year. Libraries are packed with students hunched over books. Yes, the examinations are approaching again.
Stress, worry and fear are emotions commonly associated with exams. The thought of the amount of material to revise through or the uncertainty of results often brings forth anxiety.
But it is written in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Peace does not come by itself,” says Daniel Wong, 22, from Hong Kong. “I must pray for it and cast everything to God. Everything is in His control.”
Peace and rest amid the suspense
Right before an exam starts, the rustling of books and papers can be heard as students go through their notes for the last time. The atmosphere of tension can be felt in the air. “Everyone looks very nervous, but when I go into the exam hall, I feel a sense of rest in my heart,” says Yu Zhangxin, 21, from Singapore.
It is not that Zhangxin is especially smart, or has found out about the test questions beforehand.
“I just prepare the best I can and leave the rest to God. He has planned everything for me, and there’s nothing to worry about,” he says with conviction.
No worries for the future
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Zhangxin has experienced that this is true. The 21-year-old was not a top achiever in class when he was younger, although it seemed possible for the others.
"But I see that God has really guided me through all these years. I could excel in other areas,” says Zhangxin, who is now thankful for the opportunity to further his studies.
“I’ve realised that competing to be the best in all these things is really nothing. What I gain for my salvation is the most important.”
Rejoicing in God’s plans
It says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Jonathan Wong, 21, from Hong Kong knows that this means that he has to put his full trust in God no matter what happens, because God’s plan is for his very best.
“Whatever I face in my daily life, whether good or bad, has been prepared by God for my sake. Therefore, I can rejoice in the situation that He has placed me in,” says Jonathan resolutely.