Way back there, in my college days, I remember well those final exams. As long as they didn’t ask essay-type questions, I usually did fairly well. I could memorize up a storm for that one big test, but don’t bother to ask me about it a few weeks later. The information had most likely disappeared. (Well, I had to make room for the next semester!)
I recall one class where the professor gave us pages and pages of multiple choice questions to study for the final. These were copies of tests or quizzes that we had already seen during the semester, so we had the answers, we just had to remember the correct one! I have always been what you might call a low-energy person. Not an easy thing to live with, but it does come in handy on occasion: I look for the path of least resistance.
I remember feeling overwhelmed as I tried to study over 100 multiple choice questions, and I wondered how in the world I would ever be able to remember it all. And then suddenly that path I needed opened up to me: I would focus only on the correct answer, not bothering to look at the choices, and not even the questions. Like a banker able to recognize a counterfeit dollar bill, I would be so familiar with the correct answer that I could easily spot it and ignore everything else.
Well, it worked! I can’t tell you how much fun it was to walk into that final class, sit down, whip through the answers, and waltz out within a few minutes time, leaving my classmates in the dust…exceedingly confident in my accomplishment! (How I wonder what they thought.)
In this world that we are part of, there are clamoring voices and opinions, differing beliefs and worldviews. The din seems to grow by the day, and I don’t know about you but I get weary and overwhelmed. I have a deep desire to bury not only my head, but all of me, in the proverbial sand. Instead, I need to stay somewhat informed and knowledgeable about what’s going on, while keeping my focus on God and His truth. There are “multiple choices” in this life, but if I know God’s Word, and spend time with Him and with His people, I will have a foundation of confidence to choose the “correct answer” and let others fall away.