Religion in College: Bible Verses
Last week I discussed the reasons why the Bible is the word of God. The word of God is important to study so that you can not only get closer to Him but so that you can also share a message with those around you. However, the word of God is not just a set criteria for of how you should live your life, but also a book for inspiration and hope for times when life has you down.
As college students, life often has us scrambling to make sense of the whole thing. Between school, work, activities, food, and sleep, things can get a little out of control. When things seem to get really hard, I often look to Bible verses to inspire me to keep going! I’ve decided to share some of my favorite verse with you.
PSALM 91:4: “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge”
Sometimes college can seem like a never-ending battle. No matter where you go, you will never be able to take refuge from all of the responsibilities and burdens you have on your plate. This verse reminds you that no matter what, God is watching over you and he will always be there when you need him.
PROVERBS 17:22: “A cheerful heart is a good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
I love this verse. It is not so much related to God, but an idea that can be applicable to many of life’s issues. When you allow yourself to be overburdened or broken by the world around you, life slows you down. The simplest task can become a challenge and you feel broken inside. However, if you try to find the joy in life, even if it’s just in the small things, you can heal the hurt that you feel.
PHILIPPIANS 4:13: “I can do all things through God, who strengthens me.”
There are days where I feel that no matter how hard I try, I can’t do all the things I need to get done. We have all had those days where the homework piles up, work adds more hours, and nothing seems to go right. However, this verse reminds us that if we look to God and we believe in him and trust him with our lives, then we can do anything we set our minds to. Trail Spears, a senior here at Kansas Wesleyan, as well as a member of campus ministries, commented on why this verse is so important to study. “This really looks at where you find your strength,” Trail told the advance, “Sometimes it’s found in belonging. Being a part of a group gives us the strength and confidence to work hard. Sometimes our strength is found in our abilities. If we put in enough, practice things will always work out. People find strength in their knowledge, they think there logic and intellect will get them through the hard times. But those who find their strength in God realize he is far greater than anything they could ever do. By being rooted in him they realize he will lead them and empower them in ways that will bring glory to God and peace to their troubles.”
1 KINGS 19:12: “And after the earthquake, a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire and after the fire a still small voice.”
This verse means a lot to me personally because it stands as a reminder that God is always there, even in times that I push him away or believe that he has abandoned me. When life is hard, when it is just one thing after another, we begin to think “Where is God?” “Why would he make me go through something like this?” At times you feel like you are being consumed by this fire and you get angry because you don’t feel like God is there. However, when life gets hard, we tend to push God away, or we only go to him when things are bad. In cases like these, the answer is to not run but to accept. Accept him into your life, allow him to take your pain, and live your life according to the Word He has given you. If you can be strong in your faith during the good points in your life, it means that you can become stronger when life gets harder.
PSALM 32:10: Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.
Sadness, stress, depression, all of these are the woes of life and they are not enjoyable. They begin to weigh you down and they can make you feel alone in the world. This verse tells us that if you take this pain and look to God and his love, then you are not alone. Your sadness does not have to be your own because the Lord is there for you to trust and confide in.