It is my prayer that during these dark times when people are seeking illumination that they do not forget the true living GOD and go looking for insight, knowledge and understanding somewhere else. I pray that they do not listen to the culture and believe that there is no GOD and pursue there own way. People seem to get discouraged when they do not see GOD actively moving in their lives. GOD is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). HE has not changed. HE is still the same prayer answering GOD. Do not turn your back on HIM. Remain true to HIM and HE will remain true to you. Remain faithful to HIM and HE will remain faithful to you. We will always have to persevere in this life. Our faith should push us forward when our mind and people tell us to stop. We should always keep our lamps lit because we do not know when the Lord will return.
An example of this is the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins.
Matthew 25:1-13 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
25 “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.
God did not show up when they thought they would so they got lax about being ready for his arrival. They were not prepared to meet the Lord. This is a bad predicament to be in. We don’t know when we are going to die so when we do die we need to be ready to meet the Lord. This will happen. Do not doubt it. There is a heaven and there is a hell. Those who are ready to meet the Lord will enter into heaven. Those who are not ready and have not made preparation for it will enter into hell. The five wise virgins were ready and the five foolish were not.
How do we keep our torches lit for the Lord.
- We need to connect with HIM everyday either through prayer or studying HIS WORD. We need to be filled with HIS WORD daily. We need to have our mind on JESUS so HE will influence our thoughts and actions for the day.