Be Prepared – Always
“And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.” (Luke 12:47)
The parable of the Five Wise and Five Foolish Virgins, demonstrates the Foolish Virgins ill-preparedness for that crucial moment – the Coming of the Bridegroom (Jesus Christ). Why were they not prepared? There are many references in Scripture by Jesus and the apostles warning us to be prepared for His coming. The ten virgins took their lamps with them while waiting for the Bridegroom, five with oil in their lamps and the other five without. At midnight, they hear the cry that the Bridegroom has come.
We recognize that the Foolish Virgins lacked wisdom, a pre-requisite for doing the right thing at the right time. James advises his audience to ask the Lord for wisdom if they lack same (Js.1:5), but one would have to understand that if one lacks wisdom to ask it of God. Psalm 110:10 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all they that do his commandments;…..” There are many warnings in Scripture about obeying God’s commandments. The foolish are defined by their continued disobedience to His commandments. Psalm 1:5 states “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, or sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” Hence, we can see why the Bridegroom when he hears the knock of the Foolish Virgins says to them, “I know you not.” “Proverbs 24:20 says “For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.” In Matthew 24:42 Jesus warns His audience to stay alert for they do not know what hour the Lord will come.
Are you prepared for His coming?