7 Great Bible Verses For The First Day Of School

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Here are seven great Bible verses that can help during that first day of school.

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

There is nothing more important for a student to know than the fear of the Lord is the very beginning of wisdom. It begins there and stays there. Students will be under a lot of influence in school and be exposed to a lot of different philosophies and theories. The student must guard their mind by staying firmly in the Word of God, daily. He or she can find wisdom and instruction there because it is God speaking to us, however the fool will despise this godly wisdom and instruction from the Bible and pay for it in their life, even while in school.

7 Great Bible Verses For The First Day Of School

First Samuel 12:24 “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.”

When we are in school, we’re trying to accomplish something but when we are, we must show by our lives that we fear the Lord more than we fear being embarrassed. Schools are small enough that things get around and many people may find out you’re a Christian. When we stop to think back about all God has done, and that is immeasurably good, then we’ll have less fear about what others think. A person who’s trusted in Christ is on a journey toward the kingdom and this should make us realize we must fear the Lord, not fear the peers.

Proverbs 15:5 “A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.”

Solomon often didn’t take his own advice because he married foreign women and fell (really, jumped!) into idolatry. This tore the kingdom apart; only because Solomon didn’t follow the wise council of his father, King David. He heard his father’s advice; he just didn’t listen. It cost him much and Israel would never be the same again.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I should have memorized this verse when I was young because when I started high school as a freshman, I was a skinny little runt. If I was a fish, they’d throw me back, but many children feel much the same way when they start school in a new environment, or moving up to middle school or high school, and even college. It’s a little interesting when you start the school year out and you don’t know anyone or very few at least. Think of this; God was with you last year in school…and He’s not going anywhere this year. He’s going to be “with you wherever you go.”

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

This is given in a command form from the Apostle Paul. He tells the Philippians to stop being anxious about everything. Take that same “everything” and in prayer with thankfulness, make all of these requests to God. A prayer that’s full of gratitude will be a prayer that brings a better attitude. Being thankful is a choice, so just put all of your worries about school (relationships, friends, grades, papers, homework) in His hands and thank Him; even in a storm. You do that and “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7).

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Part of a godly definition of success is to not be “wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil” (Prov 3:7). If you’re wise in your own eyes, then you’re not acknowledging God, you’re only acknowledging your own wisdom, but that won’t help to straighten the path. Besides, if you and I aren’t trusting in the Lord, we’re trusting in our own understanding, and that’s not going to end well.

Psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”

Notice the psalmist said “When I am afraid,” and not “If I am afraid.” Strangely, that gives me comfort to know that I’ve not been the only one to be afraid at times. I remember entering a new school and a few years later, a new college, and I didn’t know a soul! It was so odd being in the class where most everyone else knew one another, but I didn’t know anyone. What I decided to do was to start making friends. After a time, I had friends too, and felt like I fit in better, but I had to make the first move. You might too if you’re at a new school. As it turned out, one of the men I became friends with was in the same position I was.

Conclusion

Starting a school year can truly be difficult. The end of the school seems so far away. Even the semester can seem agonizingly slow, but take heart if you’re a Christian; God goes with you, and more than that, He is in you. Just before Moses was about to die, Moses spoke to encourage Joshua who could become Israel’s next leader. Moses told him, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” (Deut 31:7-8). Do you and I understand that we’re never really alone? Because anywhere we go, God goes…and sometimes it even says, He even goes before us (Deut 31:8).. I take a lot of comfort in that truth.

Here are some more helpful verses: Bible Verses for Stress

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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DocReits August 9, 2016 at 11:23 pm

Thank you Pastor Jack. I am sending this right away to my daughter who is in a grueling curriculum at dental school. The verses you compiled are an excellent encouragement!

DocReits

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Jack Wellman August 10, 2016 at 9:01 am

Thanks Doc. I too have a daughter in college this fall again. Thank you for the encouragement brother.

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