A Thursday-Night Devotional
by Megan York
Why is it that some Bible college students feel far from God while they are at school?
There have been many times since being at BBC where I have called my mom crying about how I have procrastinated my homework or have an issue at work that I don’t know what to do about. Her response is always this: “Have you read your Bible and prayed? Don’t you go to Bible college?”
Yes, Mom, I do go to Bible college, but many times I forget to do the basics. Just like in baseball—or any sport—if the fundamentals are not done well then you will not be a successful athlete.
So why do some Bible college students feel far from God? Physiologically, a lot of development happens during our 20’s. We are wrestling to become adults while feeling or acting like children. We have new responsibilities, and many of us feel homesick. However, I don’t want to use a scientific reasoning as an excuse for why I do not read my Bible or pray consistently.
Another reason why we may feel far from God is because we are pushing up against society. Our Protestant heritage has impacted how and when we worship God. We go to church—maybe—once a week on Sundays, but think about the devout Catholic who goes to Mass every day. Society tells us to satisfy ourselves and do what is best for us. God, though, sets the standard for what is good. We must cling to the truth of God’s Word rather than settle for being satisfied by society.
However, the primary reason why we may feel far from God is spiritual warfare. We must not underestimate Satan’s desire to destroy. BBC builds up leaders who advance the Gospel, which puts a big target on our backs. With that in mind, we must be more aware of the need to be in God’s Word regularly.
Take a few minutes to pray through these scriptures and listen to what God might be saying to you:
Ephesians 1:3-10 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Philippians 1:15-24 (ESV)
15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Megan York is a senior graduating with her B.S. in Family Ministry. She was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, and she just accepted a full-time Children’s Ministry position in Eugene, OR this June. Some of her favorite things to do are to be with people and play volleyball. She is currently a Resident Assistant (RA) on campus, and it has been one of her highlights at BBC.
Thursday night devotionals at BBC are a simple time of worship where students share brief devotionals about God’s work and word.