Today is A-Level results day and can bring a mixture of emotions depending on whether things have gone as well as you had expected. Steve Vaughan, who is planting a church in Dublin, has written an excellent blog post on how we can approach results day.
In Steve’s post, he shares these 3 key principles for handling results day when we see it from God’s point of view:
(1) Your identity is in Christ, not your exam results. Paul says in Philippians 3:7-10 that his earthly achievements are ‘loss’ & ‘rubbish’ compared with the the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ and being found in him. What he has in Christ (righteousness, forgiveness, adoption, reconciliation, eternal life, fellowship with the Spirit etc) is far greater than earthly accolades, security or success.
(2) God works all things for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28, Genesis 50:20, Philippians 1:12 & 19). This provides a great comfort for those who don’t get what they wanted to achieve as, although you might be disappointed, God has something else around the corner. To use Paul’s language in Philippians 1: something might have ‘happened’ to you, but God can use it to further his cause, to grow you in godliness and to redirect your path.
(3) God always gives you the grace and strength for the next chapter in your life (1 Corinthians 15:10, 2 Corinthians 4:7, Philippians 1:19, Philippians 4:11-13). Paul says in Philippians 1 that the prayers of God’s people and the Spirit of God gave him the support and the help he needed as he faced adverse situations.
Whatever your choices now, Uni, retakes, work - God is not surprised by this and He has amazing things for you to do where ever you end up.
> Talk to God and thank Him for the great plans he still has stored up for you
> If your plans have changed, do some research on churches in your Uni town/city.
> Sign up to Mobilise’s Uni_Connect - we’ll connect you to a Newfrontiers church near you.