The last week has seen a huge drain on petrol and diesel supplies across the UK, as shortage of delivery drivers has led to people struggling to buy fuel.
Jesus told a story of some people who ran out of fuel. He told a parable about 10 young women who were waiting to be attendants an evening wedding celebration. But some were wise. They made sure they had spare fuel for their lamps. The bridegroom was delayed, arriving at midnight. The lamps of the foolish ones had gone out. They had to try to find somewhere to buy fuel. When they returned, the door to the marriage feast was shut. The wise ones were all inside, enjoying the wedding celebrations.
The point of the parable is that we need to be ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus. He is the bridegroom and true believers are his bride. The oil for our lamps is the word of God. We don’t have to queue for it; we don’t need our credit cards. It is free for all who want to be like lights shining in a dark world, prepared for the coming of their Lord. By reading God’s word every day, we can be sure our lights will not go out.
You can read the parable in Matthew 25:1-13