Busy But Not Guilty

Final exam week is soon approaching and that’s the season when students are the busiest: Finalizing papers and projects, studying for exams, preparing for the holidays, etc. It can be difficult during this period to focus on God because there’s just not enough hours in the day to stop and pray or study the Bible. We usually say: “I’ll focus on school for the next two weeks, after that, I will be able to catch up my time with the Lord” or something along this line. But this is as if we were saying: “I’ll focus on school for the next two weeks, after that, I will be able to catch up with eating.” Now we would never say that, right? Because we need food to survive. In the same way, that’s how we should look at time with our Father. Not a duty that we ought to perform to make us feel holy or good, rather as a necessity to survive spiritually. It is possible to be busy with school but not guilty in neglecting our time with God.

It’s all about priority; if our relationship with our Heavenly Father is paramount then despite our crazy and busy schedule, we can still feed our spirit, otherwise, we will always make excuses to place our studies first. 2 Timothy 3:15-17 says “and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” These verses show the importance of the Word of God in our lives: It makes us wise, straightens our path, saves from the snares of the devil, and makes us complete. In short, the Word of God gives us life! How then can we imagine surviving without it for two weeks? How can we imagine forsaking prayer? No wonder we become depressed, overwhelmed, angry, anxious, worried, discouraged, and spiritually weak during the moments we neglect time with the Lord. Just as anyone becomes frail going days without food.

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This is not to say that we should devote long hours in prayer and Bible study during final exam weeks to show how much we value our Father over our studies. All things must be done in balance. I always take matters to God in prayer. We need to ask the Father to guide us in knowing how to plan our schedule. I remember in grad school, I used to spend a short while praying in the morning before heading to my part-time work; while driving to the job, I listened to sermons or an audio Bible; then once at work, I would take 2-3 minute breaks every hour to pray. After work, I rested and relaxed before heading to my night class. Then when I came back from school around 9pm, I spent quality (not quantity) time in the Word and prayer. Afterwards, it was time to study. So, this is just an example of how the Lord led me, your schedule will surely be different depending on certain days or weeks.

It is doable to be busy but not guilty, our Father can help us do everything to His glory if we let Him. The real question, however, is not “how can I find time for God in the midst of my busyness?” but “can I trust God to plan my schedule?”

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