Do You Follow God’s Curriculum?

The Church is the training ground for those who hope to meet with the Bridegroom.

Our schools, kindergarten to the institutions of higher learning, are training grounds for the men and women who will one day oversee the affairs of their respective countries and the world. Likewise, the Church is the training ground for Christians, who hope to sit at the table with our heavenly Father. But we must follow God’s curriculum.

And while nobody has a clue of what it must be like to occupy the same physical space as His maker; the Holy Scripture provides us with plenty of examples of what we should not expect. For example, tardiness is a no-no. And human beings are prone to showing up late for important meetings. We often get complacent after a period of familiarity.

Tom Paige got laid off from his well-paying job. And for two years Tom had to do odd jobs to help make ends meet. Then the tide suddenly changed. Tom got another well-paying job that he was excited to do. Tom Paige was always punctual and never misses a day from work three years in a row. But that would soon change.

After learning the ins and outs of his job, Tom began to notice that most of his coworker never showed up for work early. But instead of being an example for others, Tom decided to follow suit. He would eventually lose his job for tardiness.

Tom Paige’s predicament reminds me of the parable of the Ten Virgins Jesus tells in Matthew 25:1-13. The five foolish virgins lose out on their chance to meet with the bridegroom because they failed to plan according to God’s blueprint.

Do you Interrogate God When Things Go Wrong?

Regardless of what anybody says; the holier than thou and the not so religious, we (Christians) question God more often than we are willing to admit. Unlike non-Christians, many of whom doubt the existence of God, especially after a natural disaster, or some other senseless tragedies that captivate the heart of the country; Christians tend to question God if we think He did not answer our prayers soon enough. But God doesn’t work in our time. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says: God made everything beautiful in His time.

Believe that prayer works

Consequently, when you pray, you must believe. “For you walk by faith, and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Yet, lack of faith seems the principal reason why we think God hasn’t answered our prayers. Often time the breakthrough that we seek is within our grasp, but we need faith to claim it.

Prayer can move a mountain

The woman with the issue of blood had a mountain size problem, but she also had extraordinary faith, which she exercises to achieve her desired outcome. She was one hundred percent sure if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be made whole.
Another person who exercised extraordinary faith was the Centurion. One of his best servants was dying, so he requested Jesus to come and heal the servant. But while Jesus was on His way, the Centurion had a change of heart. He did not think he was worthy to have Jesus come under his roof. So, he sent friends to intercept Jesus with this message:

“Lord do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Hence, I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed” (Mark 7:6-7). Jesus later commented, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
Throughout His ministry, Jesus emphasized faith. In fact–in one of His discourses with His disciples, He said the following, “Whatever your heart desire, pray, and when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them” (Mark 11:24).