There is a saying: Work like it’s all up to you and pray like it’s all up to God. Great merit has been attributed to this aphorism because it encourages hard work and an active prayer life, but can this really be done?
If you are praying to—and trusting—God, is it necessary for you to take on the burden of it being all on you? If you are working like it is all up to you, then where in your heart does God fit in? Where is faith required? The statement seems to provide a faith crutch.
Sure, it is godly for you to stand in integrity and do your part, a portion of the work and faith that is expected of you. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” When you are at work or doing a group assignment, resist the urge to cut corners. Do your part. Hold up your end of the bargain. As a student, you know well that hard work is required and responsibility is a constant. But life has a way, especially as you get older, to come at you, showing you your physical, mental, and emotional limitations, and dire need for God. The sooner you learn your true need for God the better off you are.
Yes, do your very best, plan, execute, follow up, and be honest in your good works. The world needs more of that, but know that staying up late, burning the midnight oil, and the compromise of your health and/or sanity to get ahead is not the plan. Psalm 127:2 says “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves.” Give it to God and go to sleep!
“Jesus, thank you that you bore it all. You hold everything together. Please show me how I should live my life in co-partnership and cooperation with you, to bring about your kingdom and to glorify you with my life. Amen.”