The life of a college student can be confusing. Facts and opinions are thrown at you in your classes and on campus. It is not at all surprising that the intellectual playground of college can feel like a battleground instead. It can leave you mentally fatigued and spiritually drained. On top of this, you probably have many other stresses on your mind, and it can feel like your life is one complete disjointed mess. What can you do about it? The paradoxical answer is to stop trying to manage everything and focus on one thing: How you live your life in relation to God.
It is important to remember that God is the one in control of our lives and that He has a plan all laid out that will make us happier and more fulfilled than anything we can do. Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-33,
“So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.”
The best way to ease your mind is to place your trust in God that He will take care of the rest.
Another example of this, and one perhaps more relatable to those of us in college, is the story of King Solomon in 1 Kings chapter 3. Solomon, who was most likely in his early twenties, our age, had just become king of Israel and is given a chance by God to wish for anything. This included riches and power, but Solomon makes a better choice. He is smart enough to realize that he is too inexperienced for the job — being the King of Israel — and that his own intelligence won’t be enough. Therefore, he asks for God’s wisdom, fully trusting in God’s plan and putting Him first. 1 Kings 3:7-9 says,
“I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act. I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a people so fast that it cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong. For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”
I’m sure many of us can relate this feeling of insecurity to our own lives and situations, but just like Solomon, we can chose to make the wisdom of God, which often contradicts the worldly wisdom we are constantly bombarded with in secular society, our main pursuit. Just as Jesus said that everything will be given to those who seek the Kingdom of God first, so Solomon was given by God not only the wisdom he asked for, but also the riches and power that he didn’t ask for because all good things stem from the Wisdom of God.
So, remember the next time the stress of college life is getting you down to reevaluate your priorities and make sure you are pursuing the Wisdom of God above all else. After all, we have direct promises from God that He’s going to take care of everything, and God always keeps his promises.