November 7

Matthew 25:1-7

“Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.” vss. 2-4

At the beginning of his ministry Jesus concluded his Sermon on the Mount with a story about a wise man who built his house on a rock, and a foolish man who built his house on sand. The winds blew and the floods rose; one house stood and the other fell. The wise, he tells the crowd, were those who heard his words and did them. Now, at the close of his ministry, we hear another parable about the wise and the foolish, about those who are prepared for the coming of the Bridegroom and those who are not. We too could tell stories about wise and foolish decisions, sometimes from personal experience. Plainly put, the wise are those who prepare for unforeseen circumstances–when the unexpected happens they are the ones who are ready. And if there is one thing we can count on in this world, it’s that the future will be full of surprises. Oh, we can make projections! Countless people make a living supplying us with guesses about what’s coming–but what do they know? It takes real wisdom to consider the signs of the times and make sure we have plenty of oil for our lamps. Only fools believe that we can simply go on living as we have without encountering the unexpected. There are consequences for foolish living!

Thought for the Day: What are the wise folks doing these days?

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