Campbell Column: Jesus Provides Rest


Bailey Campbell, Staff Writer

This is the first installment of the Campbell Column, a devotional column dedicated to offering insights and comfort to students at Presbyterian College who may find such comfort from the Christian Bible. The views expressed in this column do not reflect the views of the BlueStocking newspaper as a whole.


As college students, I think we can all agree that most of the time during college, we struggle with finding time for rest and relaxation. Sometimes we even forget how to breathe! What some people often forget about is that Jesus is always here for us to offer us the comfort, relaxation, and breath that we need. The only thing we have to do is ask! The bible tells us so.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

-Matthew 7:7

Our hope and strength to make it through the day should come from Jesus. We can do next to nothing without Jesus in our lives. He is able to give us comfort when we need it. Even on our darkest days, all it takes is a simple prayer to our loving Father to get back on the good foot.

“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”

-Psalm 94:19

We get tired, sure. We carry around all of these assignments and essays that are due soon that we know we haven’t even started on and they weigh us down. Life gets in the way. Loved ones pass away and we get in emotional ruts that we cannot seem to come out of. We’re not content, we’re not competent, and we’re not faithful that God will get us through it. We absolutely cannot go through life alone. We can’t. We have to seek God first and everything else will fall in to place.

“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’”

-Matthew 11:28

When we feel like we’re drowning in college and life’s struggles, we find ourselves anxious and gasping for breath. We forget that it was God who first breathed life into man. It is His breath in our lungs that allows us to live a life worthy of praise.

“For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

-Job 33:4

Don’t forget about the one true King, collegiates. He is the one who rescues, forgives, and strengthens. When you feel as if you can’t go on, call on His name and He will give you rest. Don’t try and do it all by yourself. Jesus is just waiting for you to ask for guidance and help to make it through.