When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.
On 11/26/2019 I had a final exam in Biblical Hebrew. I had not prepared as adequately as I would have liked to. I have struggled to stay ahead in my studies for this class all semester as it is a steep learning curve as my intelligent and lovely instructor, Allison Hamm, tells my class. After every prior quiz and exam, I vowed to be more diligent in my study and to put more time into learning the Qal paradigms and other material that I still do not have a good understanding of. I have improved in my study and that has helped me to see steady increase in reading and speaking Biblical Hebrew and in my grade. Initially, I hoped to study for a solid week leading up to this exam. Unfortunately, my study was limited to about 30 minutes a day as I focused on the demands of my other classes. I woke up and spent about 4 hours studying before the exam. This approach of studying is not recommended, but I did the best that I knew to do with my time. Before, during and after I studied, I asked Holy Spirit to empower me to do well on my exam. I also asked the LORD to help me have better study habits for the future.
I arrived at my classroom to take my exam around 12:30PM. I worked on the exam until 2:15PM which left 5 minutes before I would have been forced to stop by my instructor. From the time that I started the exam until the end of the exam I gave thanks to the LORD because a lot of material that I was tested on were things that I was able to consolidate to the best of my ability before arriving to take the exam. I felt like I did well on the exam, all things considered.
I have a learned much from this semester and I am looking forward to next semester’s study of Biblical Hebrew. I am eternally happy that I decided to take my first year of Biblical Hebrew pass/fail. I would have been very disappointed in getting a B or less in the course as I desire to graduate with honor and have a great command of everything that I learn.
Thankfully, I can report that I did much better than I anticipated on that final exam. Additionally, I improved my study habits and I continue to learn and grow in Biblical Hebrew. In life some troubles occur because one fails to manage their time and resources well. I do not want to have the LORD rescue me from trouble that I cause because I fail to study daily.
God of mercy, I repent for every time I failed to honor You in living wisely. I recognize that there were times that I could have better stewarded my time, but I chose to do the enjoyable thing over the necessary thing. I believe that the Holy Spirit in me is my advantage. I believe that as I partner with You God I can operate in excellence and represent You well in the earth. I do not want to gain wisdom and understanding to be puffed up in the great things I know. Instead, I desire wisdom and understanding to be able to serve well and empower Your church to live transformed lives for Jesus. I know that with better planning I can steward my life for necessary work and a healthy social life. Thank You, Jesus, for showing me how to do both and to enjoy both. These and all blessings I receive in Jesus’s Name. Amen.
written by Myrina K. Robinson
Duke Divinity School MDiv 2022
Guest Blogger for BWET Blog
Words of wisdom to live by from our Senior Leader, Bishop Earnest E. Robinson, Sr. and other guest writers.