Tests, Worries, Mongols, and Why God is Not a Vending Machine

I have a question for you: Is it ok to ask God for help on a test? Specifically, the World History AP exam that I am taking tomorrow that deserves a bit more studying than I've put into it?

Melissa: Dear God, I love you.
God: That's great. I love you, too.
Melissa: Does that mean you'll help me on my test tomorrow?
God: You're funny.
Melissa: If you don't, I won't get college credit. Which means I won't be  successful in life. Which means I'll have to join the circus or something to get money for food. Which means I won't be able to change the world, adopt orphans, and serve your kingdom...all that good stuff. You don't want that, do you?
God: Quit blogging and go study.

I'm fairly certain that's what God would say to me right now. Not that I haven't studied. I have doodles of soldiers, kings, and Queen Elizabeth all over my notes, outlined in pink scented highlighters. But I can just picture myself sitting in front of the test tomorrow....

Melissa: Hey, God. You created the Mongols. What influence did they have on the culture of Southeast Asia?
God: I'm gonna go with C.

So back to my question: Is it ok to ask God for help on an incredibly significant, life-changing test? I thought I'd consult my Bible on this one.
 So keep this in mind: do not worry in advance about what to answer.... (Luke 21:14)
 If that's not a sign from God, I don't know what is. In all seriousness, though, I'm the one who's taking the test, not God, and it's up to me to come up with a good grade. Yeah, yeah, I know. God never promised us he'd make up for every stupid mistake we've made, or pick up for our lack of study skills. But God did promise us something that can help:
Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. (Matthew 11:28)
So the fate of my grade (and my abilty to change the world, etc.) is in my hands, but I'm not completely alone in this one. I've done the work, so God's got my back. Although that would be SUPER, (hint hint, Lord), God's probably not going to feed me answers or even help me write those three killer essays. But I know that I can count on him to clear my mind, help me focus, and maybe make sure my stomach doesn't growl too loudly during the test. Wish me luck!
Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)


  1. This is great! And I have all my final exams in the next few weeks- so I have to remember this! :)
    Kimmy xxx

  2. Thanks, Kimmy! I think I did alright. It was a good day. (: Good luck on your finals!

  3. I used to think that this is how the GOD idea worked : I believed in him and he'd help me with EVERYTHING in life, so basically I thought that if I didn't study for the exam, God would whisper all of the answers into my ear and I'd scribble them all down thinking I was gonna ace the exam. I realised, that is NOT how it works... :) But God is there for me to help me think straight and to make sure that my nerves will chill.. :) <3

  4. Yeah, I'm totally guilty of that, too. God's like, "Surprise! You obviously don't know me that well." Haha. But now I think I have a better idea on how God helps us through things.


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