There is an unfathomable urgency stirring in me this morning to sound a midnight cry. I do not pretend to be a scholar who knows and understands all of the layers of meanings behind individual portions of the parable of the ten virgins. But what I do know is that there was a delay, and it affected everyone.
They each had lamps. They each were in preparation to go out to meet the Bridegroom. They each fell asleep.
Why did they slumber? There was a delay. He did not come when they expected, and they grew weary. Their eyes became heavy as their anticipation turned to apathy. Please note that this happened to ALL of them…foolish and wise.
We are not immune to the danger of going to sleep. We are not above being lulled by complacency and compromise. I thank God that He drew me to this portion of Scripture with fresh eyes to sound the alarm clock in my own soul. Wisdom did not prevent the nap. They were watchful, but tired.
We have waited for the Bridegroom to come. We have gathered our lamps to guide us to the wedding. Has the delay caused our eyes to grow heavy? Has His timing caused our resolve to weaken?
“Behold, the Bridegroom is coming; go out to meet Him!”
Wake up, O sleeper. Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. If your eyes are getting heavy, stir the gift that is within you. If you are asleep, get up. If you are freshly armed with your lamp, help to wake those around you. Be sober and vigilant. Watch and pray. I beg you, don’t grow weary in well-doing. If you don’t give up, there will be a harvest. He’s coming.
Lord, please wake us up from slumber. The sad part of being asleep is that you don’t know you are asleep. Please do whatever it takes to open our eyes. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11