It was week three in the Hello Mornings study – God. Move. Plan. And it brought much needed reminders …
In Matthew 25:1-13, we find the parable of the ten bridesmaids – five wise, five foolish. The parable focuses on being prepared for the groom.
Bottom line – we are bridesmaids waiting for the return of Jesus.
All ten were waiting but only five were prepared.
“Prepared”Â can be defined as “being properly expectant, organized or equipped” (from dictionary.com).
Sort of like many were prepared for Dorian. They stocked up on snacks, water, batteries, and other supplies. They had to anticipate every possibility and be ahead of the storm.
We know Jesus will one day return but like the bridesmaids, we do not know the day of His return.
The questions we must think about are – Will we be prepared? Are we prepared already? What do you need to do to be more like the wise virgins?
We continued to look at using our time wisely in our reading of Ephesians 5:15-17 and Psalm 90:12.
My mind was caught by the word “circumspectly” as I don’t think we use the word very much, if at all today.
In looking at the meaning, I found that the Greek carries the idea of precision and accuracy. Paul is telling us to live wisely, by being careful to not be walk about life carelessly, without guidance, or giving thought.
If we are going to live according to God’s will, we cannot leave our days to chance.
I don’t know about you, but I marvel at how fast time is going. I can’t believe how quickly the summer passed.
“We number our years, not our days, but all of us have to live a day at a time, and we do not know how many days we have left. A successful life is composed of successful days, days that honor the Lord.”
(from the Wiersbe Study Bible)
We are taught to number our days, to think about spending our time wisely. The Lord teaches us so that we may grow in wisdom, follow its path, and use our time to honor God.
What is one thing you can change in your life to make better use of your day?
We closed the week with reading the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12:13-21. Jesus tells the parable, prefacing by warning against “every kind of greed” (verse 15).
The rich man appears to have a great plan by which to store his crops —> build larger barns. It never occurs to him that perhaps he has more than enough and should share his crops with others, especially those in need.
God calls him a “Fool” which is not to mean someone with low intelligence but someone who dishonors or disobeys God.
As I read this morning, I asked myself, “Where have I been foolish with what God has given me?” Have I missed opportunities to share or give to someone in need?
Living each day prepared for the return of Christ,
will enable us to use our time wisely,
and wisely use all that God has given to us.