21 Bible Verses To Get You Through The Semester

21 Bible Verses To Get You Through The Semester

Stay steadfast in your faith and God will provide.

As we begin each new semester, we have the constant worry about what the coming months will bring. We enter into the cycle of excitement about being back at school, setting goals for the semester and then being instilled with constant panic about how we are going to be able to juggle all of the work.

As a big test gets closer, we second-guess what we have been learning throughout the semester. If we have four papers due the same day, our anxiety skyrockets as we pull a couple all-nighters.

All of that is normal, but in our times of stress and our times of dismay, we need to fix our eyes on the man upstairs. It’s so easy to lose sight of God when it seems like you have no time to finish everything assigned, but the truth is that God has His hand on us the entire way. In the time of stress and in the time of chaos, He is begging us to look to Him because He knows He can give us peace. Although it may seem like the world is ending because you have a lot going on, it’s not. God has a perfect plan for you and will not lead you astray, but it’s your job to calm yourself in those moments and trust in Him. Here are some verses that can help during those times.

1.) Philippians 4:19

“I pray that God will take care of all your needs with the wonderful blessings that come from Christ Jesus.”

2.) 1 Corinthians 10:13

“You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted beyond your ability and he will show you how to escape from your temptations.”

3.) Psalm 34:19

“The Lord’s people may suffer a lot, but He will always bring them safely through.”

4.) Exodus 14:13-14

Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid! Be brave, and you will see the Lord will save you today. The Lord will fight for you, and you won’t have to do a thing.”

5.) Job 2:10

“Don’t talk like a fool! If we accept blessings from God, we must accept trouble as well.”

6.) Job 4:2-6

“Please be patient and listen to what I have to say. Remember how your words have guided and encouraged many in need. But now you feel discouraged when struck by trouble. You respect God and live right, so don’t lose hope!”

7.) Isaiah 41:9-10

“From far across the earth I brought you here and said, you are my chosen servant. I haven’t forgotten you. Don’t be afraid I am with you. Do not tremble in fear, I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories.”

8.) Romans 5:3-5

"But that’s not all! We gladly suffer because we know that suffering helps us to endure. And endurance builds character, which gives us hope that will never disappoint us. All of this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with his love.”

9.) 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

“We often suffer, but are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again.”

10.) Isaiah 41:13

“I am the Lord your God. I am holding you hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

11.) Philippians 4:6

“Do not worry about anything, instead pray about everything. “

12.) 1 John 4:15

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God."

13.) 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

“These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.”

14.) Romans 8:18

“I consider that our present sufferings do not compare to the glory God will reveal within us.”

15.) John 13:7

“You don’t really know what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

16.) John 14:27

“I give you peace, the kind of peace only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So do not be worried or afraid.”

17.) Matthew 6:34

“Don’t worry about tomorrow. For tomorrow will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today.”

18.) Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

19.) Matthew 11:28

"If you are tired of carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.”

20.) Isaiah 48:17

“I am the holy Lord God, the one who rescues you. For your own good, I teach you and I lead you along the right path.”

21.) Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

As you enter into this new semester, I encourage you to seek God in both times of praise and in times of worry. Remember that God does not abandon, but we abandon Him. His plan is always perfect and He cares about us where we are. Even when life seems impossible, God is able to work miracles. Take the time to thank God for where He has placed you and trust in Him. May God be with you this semester.

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For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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