Keep Your Lamp Full

Keep Your Lamp Full

In the back of my mind for the last eight-ish months has been the above phrase. I am reminded of the story Jesus tells about the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Five made sure they had enough oil for their lamps so they could wait and watch for their bridegroom without worry. Five did not. When they heard the shout of his impending arrival, the foolish asked to borrow from the wise. But the wise told them to go buy more. So the foolish left and missed the party.

This has been an interesting year, has it not? We’ve had a worldwide pandemic. The way we went about our daily lives changed dramatically. Our children went to school from home and we have a heated national election coming up. To say we have multiple points of focus is an understatement, and many of us have been trying to pay attention to all of it at once.

The devil loves to throw things at us packaged in ways that will sway our focus from one thing to another. He’s shifty like that. But he has no new tactics and he always overplays his hand. He doesn’t want us to stay focused on the Lord and what He is doing in this hour. I can fully assure you nothing we see happening right now has surprised our Papa. He is well aware and has already prepared us for victory.

Back to the bridesmaids. Scripture doesn’t tell us how long they waited, but it was long enough for them to get drowsy and fall asleep. Why didn’t the five who didn’t bring enough get more during the delay? What distracted them from their original purpose?

There are enough distractions out there to keep us from finding our rightful place in the Body of Christ and Satan will happily prance around providing more to keep us from it. His goal is to keep the church from unifying. He desires to render it powerless and defeated, bullying it by law and policy. We must not allow it.

Stay in prayer. Stay in fellowship. Stand firm on His Word. He has never forsaken us and He never goes back on His promises. We already have the victory, remember that. We have no reason to worry and we can stand for what He stands for because greater is He in us than he in this world.

Keep your lamp full and a supply of oil in your pack. Keep watch. He’s got this and He’s got us.

“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids[a] who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return (Matthew 25:1-13 NLT).

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