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I'm so worried about the entrance exam to my dream school. I am praying so hard but I feel it isn't enough.

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Thank you for your personal question - it is a privilege to have the opportunity to try and help you out in the situation you find yourself in. The answer to the emotional difficulties you find yourself in is to see clearly, and entrust yourself into the hands of the God who loves you, and wants the very best for your life. I hope that this brief answer will help you to do just that.

First let me tell you that your desire to join your ‘dream school’ as you put it is quite possibly a good one - there is nothing wrong with getting a great education and using that in the life that God has ahead of you - but I do want to ask you this: have you considered that it might not be God’s best for you at this point? You see the Bible tells us clearly that if we are a child of God, our lives our ordered and guided by Him in every part.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10)

It is a very cliché thing to say, but that doesn’t stop it being true:

God has a wonderful plan for your life, and has mapped out good works for you to do with and for Him until the day you pass from this life into the next.

We know that the plan that He has for His people is a good one, because we’re told that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28) in the lives of those who love God and are called according to His purpose, but it is also very clear in the Scriptures that God’s plan doesn’t always fit with our own.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Therefore when you look at your application to this school, you can be absolutely sure that whether you gain the entry you long for, or whether for whatever reason you are not granted admission, that God is in complete control of what is going on, and has an amazing plan for your life wherever that might be.

You speak as if the more you pray for the place in the school the more likely you are to get in, but that really isn’t the case. Of course it’s good to pray and ask for God to bless you with the place in the school, as it was good to prepare well for the exam, as I’m sure you did, but God isn’t going to give you what you want just because you pray a lot about it. He wants you to pray to Him about every area of your life, but He is more concerned that you desire to walk in the plan that He has for you, whatever that might be.

Knowing all this is what can bring us into a place of real peace. We do our best to be faithful in our lives, and in our prayers, but even when we fail to do this we can be absolutely confident that God is still for us, and will work out everything for our good.

It’s this confidence that should bring us an incredible sense of rest as we trust in God’s goodness towards us.

However this confidence doesn’t mean that we will be free from any suffering. To be rejected from this school might be an incredibly painful thing for you to deal with, but even in those dark and difficult times we can still be sure of God’s unfailing love and commitment to us. The Bible tells us that suffering is something that God uses in our lives to purify us and change us to be more like Him.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)

I really hope that you do gain entry to the school that you desire so much, but I do want you to know this - whatever happens you can be completely certain of the care of your heavenly Father - trust Him above anything else, and He will surely lead you in the good works that He has prepared for you to walk in.

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Romans 8:18-39
  • James 1:2-18
  • Philippians 4:4-7

I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video

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*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

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