We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Open Book Exam

I don’t know about you, but when I was in school, test time was panic time. I would rather drink castor oil. If a surprise test was sprung on the class, you’d be sure to hear my grumbling objections. The only type of test that lowered my anxiety was an open-book exam.

In many ways I was like the children of Israel when taking tests. Note what God says about their testing in Deuteronomy 8: “And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.”

There were three objectives to giving the test:

1. To humble them
2. To know what was in their heart
3. To see if they really learned the lesson

There is so much we can learn from this. As students, we will learn far more if we approach our studies and tests with humility. Teachers will often go out of their way for students who possess a humble disposition.

When I was younger, I was more concerned about my grade than learning the material, causing me to be filled with fearful anxiety. Fearful anxiety prior to and during tests may be a symptom of pride (or of being unprepared!). God tests us in order to teach us a very valuable lesson, which unfolds as He continues to speak in Deut. 8: “And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”

Humility is the foundational lesson from which all other lessons are learned. As one studies and knows the content of this Book, the level of fear and anxiety will dramatically decrease. Why? Because the Teacher has given us all the answers–and the exam is open-Book!

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