God’s word says, “Blessed is the man [whose]…delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
When planning for college, perhaps you drafted thoughtful lists of supplies needed for the new venture – a notebook computer, several pounds of coffee, and some clothes you could sleep in and wear the next day without anybody noticing.
In addition to such creature comforts and conveniences, we’d all do well to bring with us a few well-picked verses of reassurance, inspiration, and direction from God’s Word. We will be blessed indeed to meditate day and night on the Scriptures, and below are three meditation suggestions perhaps unexpectedly relevant to university life bible verse about forgiveness.
1. Humility: Proverbs 17:27
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
As disciples, we’re called to speak to the world. We spend our vacations on mission trips, using our free time to preach good news to the lost. So when we arrive at a university, we’re ready to make our voices heard once more, to share our testimonies and wisdom.
But in college, you’ll find yourself all the more blessed and stretched if you use your words with restraint, if you settle into a season of listening. College, especially at the outset, can open to us a world of curiosity and amazement when we set our task to receiving and considering the messages of others.
If you attend a Christian university, you will find that you have so much to absorb from your professors. Your soul will fill beyond measure if you first spend time quietly listening, studying, and asking questions.
And after time of restraint, you will find yourself all the more equipped for dialogue, in and out of the university. You will find that, as you grow in knowledge, you will use words more carefully and more effectively.
2. Strength: 2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
You’ll likely find the challenges of college both exhilarating and, at times, exhausting.
An excellent college will show you power in your mental capacity, your physical endurance, and your self-confidence you didn’t know you possessed, and then teach you how to stretch yourself further than you knew you could go.
Do not be afraid of this stretching! As Paul revealed to the church in Corinth, we only truly need and understand God’s strength in those moments when we feel pushed. And college will give you that righteous, edifying push.
3. Selflessness: Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
College may be life’s richest time for asking questions about who you mean to be and what you mean to give to the world. Indeed, you should make the most of asking these questions in a place so well suited to helping you answer them.
But God’s Word calls us to look not only to our interests, but to the interests of others. And this command to serve others is not only a grace to those around us, but a grace we receive, too.