The Lord used David Ettinger’s blog today in my life. When I was studying for my Master’s in Biblical Studies, we wrote paper after paper after paper and I LOVED it!!!! Here at Westminster, we do not write papers, we take quizzes and at the end of the semester are given a final exam filled with multiple choice, fill in the blank type questions.
I absolutely hate that kind of testing! I have been really been wondering why studying God’s Word has been such a hardship for me lately, and through David’s blog I realized it is because outside of my quiet time, I am studying God’s Word to answer questions for a (knowledge) test. That is awful! This is high school and undergrad all over again!!!!!!
I am thankful for the Holy Spirit helping me to identify my issue; I need to know what to do going forward. Praise God I will no longer be taking Greek 3 and Hebrew 1 together, I will take Greek with a systematic theology course.
I have to remind myself that even if I completely bomb this final tomorrow (there is so much info covered this semester it is impossible to absorb and retain it all) that it doesn’t change who I am in Christ or change what my family and friends think of me.
I don’t know if Westminster will ever give us research and writing assignments or if it is all fact/knowledge based testing. I don’t want the next 3.5 years of my life being spent worrying about tests!
I realize this is a TOTAL first world problem! My former Hebrew professor once said to me, “confession is good for the soul.” She is right about that! I am thankful for you dear reader. I am praying that next semester I won’t be such a hermit and will connect with y’all more!!!
Lord God, thank You for convicting me and revealing to me why I am lacking peace. Help not just me but all of us to study Your Word as a form of worship. Help us to encourage believers and to share You with the lost. Thank You Lord for this reader! Stir this reader Lord to love You and Your Word more. Help us to apply Your Word Lord so that we will be a light in this dark and hurting world! Thank You Lord for this reader, bless and guide this reader today. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.