By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:8–10)
College has probably been a dream of yours for quite some time, and now you are finally here! Congratulations! It is an adventure and/or journey not much different from Abraham’s; he was sent to a faraway land, a land that was only promised to Him by God, a land he had never seen for himself.
You have been told about the land of College; there are all kinds of stories about this distant land. Perhaps you have heard it is the place where you can sow your wild oats, get out from under the supervision of your parents, make life-long friends, find your future career, or even find a future spouse.
Like Abraham, who wondered how long it would take for the promise to show up, we can begin to wonder how long it will take for us to find our major or future career. It can be rough, and it can cause a strain on the heart. Abraham had this strain too. He wanted to see the coming of the promise with his own eyes, so much so that he and Sarai sinned as they tried to put the promise into action even sooner than God intended (See the birth of Ishmael, Genesis 16). Yet God’s plan unfolded in His time, and it was perfect because the Son of God, Jesus Christ, came to save the world from sin, death, and the devil.
You too have this same promise given to you; it was sealed at your baptism by the very blood of Jesus Christ who suffered and died on the cross that you and Abraham along with all the saints might be with Christ in the heavenly land. Having this assurance that you are indeed God’s child, whatever takes place in college, however long it may take you to find your place in this world, God is with you. Ask for patience; ask for wisdom, because college is tough to go it alone, and God has promised to give us everything that is needful. Will you falter while on your journey through college like Abraham fell into sin during his journey? Undoubtedly you will. However that does not mean you are lost forever. Like Abraham we have the gift of the forgiveness of sins from Jesus. He who has died for you strengthens you for your journey in this world, especially the journey of college. Give your weaknesses to Christ, He will carry your burdens, and He will set you free to live as one redeemed by His blood.