Class vs. Exams


So a lot of us have at one time or the other been in such a situation. In a traditional school setting, you go to classes for a period after which you are tested on what exactly it is that you have learned. We’ll be looking at the story of David today. Keeping in mind how the Bible in Isaiah 55: 8, says that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than ours.

The norm is for the class to be easier than the exam. So in class 1 + 2 = 3, but in the exam 16+2(x) =15, find x. But that wasn’t the way it was for David. For him the class was harder than the test. With Goliath, David didn’t have to get physical or stress himself. All he did was sling a stone.

But you will remember that before then, he had killed both a lion and a bear (1 Samuel 17: 34 – 36). Killing a bear is no easy feat; how much more killing a lion. I’d like to believe that if David had not faced these huge and terrifying animals, he would have been afraid of Goliath. But David wasn’t afraid because he knew. He knew that there was a power with him that the philistine didn’t have. He knew that there was nothing too difficult for God. When he was convincing King Saul to allow him fight Goliath, he mentioned his experience in killing the lion and the bear.

A lot of us want to work for God and want God to use us, but what battles have you won. What classes in the Spirit have you undertake? How many demons have you sent packing? How many mountains have you moved? Now when I say you, I don’t mean you with your own strength, but you with God’s strength. The Bible says that by strength shall no man prevail. The bear and the lion and eventually Goliath all stand as metaphors that could be replaced by any problem we face in this life, whether physically or spiritually. God has given us the power to dominate (Luke 10: 19). David didn’t kill the bear and the lion because he was very strong, but because God was with Him. We should start using that power.

So, whatever period you’re in right now; whether you’re still in class or at the exam, allow God to be God. Don’t try to do anything else.