What an exciting time to be going away. Many of the college students can’t wait to get to their new school, to see their friends, and some can’t even wait to start taking tests. Regardless of how excited they might be, all of them will have to take one of the hardest tests of their lifetime. For the first time they will be away from their home and from their Christian friends. For the first time their faith will be truly tested.
Let me talk to those who will be going to college. Your toughest test will not be in a classroom this year. Whether you are going to college for the first time or graduating, your toughest test will be how firm you will stand in your faith. When you start the new phase of your life everything that you have learned in bible class, and everything you have believed up to this point will be tested. Your mind is going to be opened to new ideas, new teaching and a lot of them will be in contradiction to what you have heard all your life. In spite of all this, I want you to stand firm in your faith. Never doubt your God and never doubt your bible. If you pass this test, you will come in the other side a perfect, complete person. Your greatest adversary is yet to show. Stand firm and endure.
2 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”