Here are four truths for the Christian to remember in the exam room:
1) Remember that the only exam that matters has already been passed for us
As we walk into the exam room, we already have ultimate acceptance if we are a Christian. The ultimate exam has already been passed for us by Jesus.
It is through faith in Him that we are counted as perfectly righteous before God. (Romans 3:28). Everything needed for our acceptance before God has been accomplished in Christ.
2) Remember that hard work glorifies God
Because we have been accepted by God through Jesus, this frees us up to work hard for His glory. We do not work in order to be accepted by Him, but precisely because we have been accepted by Him. We have been saved by Jesus in order to do good works, which He has prepared in advance for us to walk in (Ephesians 2:10)
When it comes to working for exams we are to be those who “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)
3) Remember that taking time to rest glorifies God
We need to recognise the truth that God is God and we are not. He is the one who is in absolute control of absolutely everything, not us.
Nothing is outside His control. We need to acknowledge this. One of the ways in which we acknowledge this is by taking time out to rest. When we rest we are saying: “You are God and I am not, you are ultimately in control and I am not.” The Psalm 127:1-2 tells us:
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
We can spend days doing “all-nighters”, yet all this will make no difference unless God prospers what we do. He is in control we are not. Excessive hard work can be a sign that we are not trusting God, that we think that what we do relies solely on our strength. When we clock off to make sure we get a full nights sleep, or when we set aside that day off once a week, it is a way of reminding ourselves that He is in control and that we are trusting Him. He can be trusted. Whatever happens in our exams is under His sovereign control, and He is working all things for the good of His people to make them more like Jesus (Romans 8:28).
4) Remember that exams are not an excuse to neglect godliness
In light of the abundant mercy that God has shown us in Christ, we are called present ourselves to God as living sacrifices, set apart for His service and pleasing to Him (Romans 12:1). This call to be living sacrifices is something that is to shape every area of our lives, and to do so all the time.