Even if SHE doesn't study
One thing I don’t miss about being a student are final exams. Midterms are horrible too, but at least you have some hope that you can pull it together by the end of the semester. Final exams can feel like the buzzer beater shot in a tournament game for former students like myself.
The best feeling is being able to walk into a final exam with the confidence that you don’t have to do that well on it to still get the grade you were shooting for. I would spend time punching different hypothetical calculations to see how horribly I could do on the final to still get an A or B in the class. So the weight of whether the answer is a) or b) or maybe c) because the last three answers were b) is completely off my shoulders.
This past week, I read about Joshua, who also had several exams to pass. Each exam was in the form of a battle.
As a quick reminder, Moses was never was able to enter into the Promised Land because of his disobedience. So you can imagine how exciting, yet daunting it must have felt like to be Joshua, his successor. I would have felt the pressure of being given the second chance to lead God’s children.
What if I messed up? I don’t want another 40 year detour.
Now as Joshua was about enter Jericho, a man with a sword was suddenly in his path. When he approached the man, he quickly realized that he was a messenger of God.
The commander of the LORD's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.
The last time, the Lord commanded a man to do the same thing was in Exodus 3:5
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
This was right before God gave Moses instructions to success. Both Moses and Joshua were given the victory even before fighting their battles because God showed up to fight for them.
It’s hard when it feels like just one answer, mistake, or decision will decide whether you pass or fail a test. Academic or Spiritual.
But it makes a world of difference when you walk into a battle knowing that your success is not dependent on what you know but who you know.
As a student with a lot of cushion to pass a class, it simply requires your obedience to go to take the exam. The rest is already taken care of. As a Christian, when we take off our sandals in the presence of a God who knows all the answers to win the battles of our lives, He too just requires our obedience.
Just go, and He will fight.