Matthew 25:1-13: “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “‘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.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
It is hard for us to imagine the wedding customs of Jesus’ day, but the story speaks for itself as far as the message Jesus is sharing with us. It’s very similar to the last story that he told about the servants of the master who had gone away. Here he gives us the same application, “Keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
In the story, who was ready and who was not? The bridesmaids who brought along extra oil were ready, and the ones who brought none were unable to join the wedding party, because their candles had gone out. Our faith is like the burning candles. Eventually, if not resupplied, our faith will run out. It leaks away slowly until there is nothing left at all. And if we have no faith, then we will miss out on the wedding supper of the Lamb!
How do we keep from running out of faith? We do it by continuing in God’s Word and restocking the reservoir in our hearts. This is how the Holy Spirit. If you are reading this devotion, I am not writing it for your sake, but for my own. I like to take a small portion of God’s Word each day and really chew on it and take it to heart. It’s my way of “journaling” when I read the Scripture. Faith that is continually being resupplied by the Scripture and the work of the Spirit will not run out.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you have kept me in your Word and in the faith. My prayer is that I will not give up on your Word. I know that you will not give up on me. With faith in my heart, I can pray, “Even so come, Lord Jesus! Amen.