A Word of Advice for Students from Richard Baxter

Many students and teachers are currently getting geared up for school starting in just a few weeks. Many will be starting college for the first time exploring the intricacies of molecular biology, the beautiful rhythmic language of William Shakespeare, or the complexities of philosophy.   Richard Baxter wrote in his book The Reformed Pastor the following quote which hopefully will challenge you to seek God in all areas of study.  It does not matter if the pursuit is science, mathematics, literature, communications, arts, or religion itself.  The pursuit of academic excellence is a great and noble task, however it must be fueled with our desire to know and cherish God.  If not, it is all folly.  Here is the quote:

Your study of physics and other sciences is not worth a rush, if it be not God that you seek after in them. To see and admire, to reverence and adore, to love and delight in God, as exhibited in his works - this is the true and only philosophy; the contrary is mere foolery, and is so called again and again by God himself. This is the sanctification of your studies, when they are devoted to God, and when he is the end, the object, and the life of them all.

And, therefore, I shall presume to tell you, by the way, that it is a grand error, and of dangerous consequence in Christian academies, that they study the creature before the Redeemer, and set themselves to physics, and metaphysics, and mathematics, before they set themselves to theology; whereas, no man that hath not the vitals of theology, is capable of going beyond a fool in philosophy. Theology must lay the foundation, and lead the way of all our studies.