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I have recently received my exam results. I put all my trust in the Lord only to end up disappointed.

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Thank you for sharing your situation. I am sorry to hear that you are going through a hard time and that your results did not go the way that you had hoped and worked for.

I want to acknowledge that as you have spent the last year(s) working towards these exams, and they have not gone well, that things may seem bleak. But I want to let you know that I have gone through 3 major sets of exams in my life, as have all of my school friends. They seem like the most important thing at the time, but looking back after 5 or 10 years, they are not the most important thing! Now my friends and I have all had different jobs, we have families and children and have many different life experiences. These include the tragedy of seeing friends and family die but also the joy of new lives being born. Best of all, I have come closer to God and enjoyed life while also experiencing hard times.

I want to encourage you to ask older people you know what their exam results were. The chances are that they don't even remember, because over time it did not become an important matter.

Many people who did well in their exams have gone on to get good jobs etc, but also many have not gone on to get good jobs. Similarly, in reverse, many people who did not do well have gone on to get good jobs and some haven't. Exam results are not all that counts towards having a fulfilling life.

The fact that you care so much shows that you are a hardworking and determined person. That you want to do well and I am sure that if you apply that to your life, it will be satisfying.

However I want to challenge you about your view of God. Just because we may read the Bible, pray more or 'live in a Christian way', does not mean that God will give us A* exam results, all the money we want, the best jobs etc. God is not a genie, magic fairy, or a Santa Claus figure who just grants wishes to his people. He is described as a Father, a Friend, a Comforter, a Shepherd. If we mess up in life, he is there for us. He is not to blame for the wrong that happens in our lives. Do not blame God, but instead turn to Him for comfort.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Do you know that he loves you so much that he sent his Son to die for you so that you can be made right with God? Jesus died to forgive us. He was buried to bury our sin. He rose again to give us new life. If we trust in Christ this life does not seem so important in light of eternity; our exams do not seem so important in light of eternity.

This does not mean that we shouldn't work hard, pray or read the Bible. It means we can do these things knowing that we are made right with God already and that we do not have to earn his favour or try to use them to get our own selfish desires. The Bible says:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones (Proverbs 3:5-8)

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