Soul Snack 103 ... Fuel Fools
Devoted to the appearance of the groom, ten young women waited in grace and patience. Only five however exercised wisdom. (Matt 25:1-13)
In this vivid parable of preparedness Jesus explained a stirring visitation of both damnation and approval.
At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out. ''No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' (Matt 25:6-9)
The wait was long, the night was dark and these fair maidens were most weary. The groom tarried and they slept. Only five had sufficient fuel in their lamps to light their way and be recognized when the groom arrived. When the groom arrived the five foolish maidens in their urgency sought to borrow fuel from the wise ones.
NO was the resounding reply.
The five sensible young girls were not being selfish in their response. They would accept no attempt to have their fuel removed from them; neither should you.
The world is daily complete with endless attempts to steal believers of their fuel. Too often, too many give up their fuel of faith with nary a whimper. The bright lights, the call of career and the affronts of the flesh all ignite fuel loss.
To have fuel for almost the entire wait is equal to having no fuel at all when the groom returns. Don't fall asleep on your faith.
Today's Soul Snippet:
When words won't work for me, His Holy Spirit will.