Dillon Davis, Contributing Writer
This is a devotional my friend Dillon wrote for his New Testament class with Dr. Melton at North Greenville University.
Romans 8:31-39 (NASB)
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was [a]raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
35 Who will separate us from the love of[b]Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,
“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, northings present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What the Text is Saying
The Dillon Davis you see now was not always the same person. In high school, I went through some hard times. The high school that I graduated from I only attended three years.
The first year I attended my new high school I made a lot of new friends. I was involved in countless school activities. No matter what, I was always having fun.
My junior year proved to be more difficult. I felt betrayed and disliked by many of my new friends. Also, many of the school activities I wanted to be involved in, I could not be involved in.
Over time, depression began to sink in. Instead of letting Christ be my identity, I let myself be defined by the things I did. In the midst of my depression, I felt defeated. I thought I would never reach the levels of happiness I had prior to my junior year.
From my limited point of view, it felt like the world was against me. Romans 8 tells a different story. This passage begins with a promise.
With God on our side, nobody can truly oppose God’s children. God has all the power and nothing is nearly as powerful as He. God’s love is also powerful and relentless. God will not hold any of it back.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, nobody can accuse or condemn God’s children because they are made right with Him.
Most importantly, God’s people cannot be separated from His love. Not even death can stop God’s love. Because of these things, we can have victory over temptation, sin, suffering, and death.
The next time you are going through depression remember that God loves you and is always on your side. Find your identity in the victory of the Son of God. Nothing can ever separate you from God’s love, so take comfort in it and stand in it.
You probably saw the title and expected some article saying how your test grades or GPA doesn’t define you.
What about a list of lessons we can learn from finals week….if we dare to learn them.
The Importance of Staying Organized
It’s midnight. You have a chemistry final in eight hours. You’ve only studied for two.
You glance at the fifty piles of papers scattered on your desk, among your shelves, and maybe even in your closet. Feeling your already rising anxiety build, you wonder which ones contain your old tests you’ve been meaning to sort out in that binder you bought at the beginning of the semester but hardly ever use.
While this may or may not be an extreme example, it still illustrates how staying organized throughout the semester can benefit come finals week…or any time for that matter.
The Benefits of Time Management
Two finals tomorrow…..and not to mention that huge final project worth 30% of your class grade you’ve only partially completed due the next day.
No wonder all-nighters are so tempting finals week.
If there is any time college students most regret those countless hours on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest it’s probably finals week, not to mention those times in the student center complaining about how much they have to do instead of actually writing those papers.
The Difference Between Cramming and Learning
Because if you had actually learned the themes in “Beowulf” instead of just cramming it an hour before the first Brit Lit test you might actually remember it now. Enough said.
The truth about finals: we can learn some great life lessons or just complain about how finals are unfair because how in the world can we actually remember all the material we learned almost four months ago.