A Key To Spiritual Hunger
By Wade E. Taylor
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto
ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went
forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them
were wise, and five were foolish." Matt 25:1-2
When considering this passage of Scripture, we may be found
attempting to identify those whom we consider to be the foolish,
rather than looking at ourselves. Instead, it can be said
that each one of us is half-wise and half-foolish.
Thus, we cast the deciding vote as to where we will be found
in that day; either among the wise, or among the foolish.
The intention of the Lord is that we will be found among
the wise; thus, the exhortation that those who are wise are
to take oil with them. This oil results from an active on-going
devotional life, by which we receive from the Lord a supply
of His grace.
The oil enables us to respond quickly to His Word of direction
and purpose, or, to His word of correction. When corrected,
we can tell whether the chastisement is coming from the Lord
or from the enemy. A word from the Lord may be sharp and cut,
for the Word is as a two-edged sword. But it will present
to us an understandable way through. As we submit to its intent,
we will be led closer to the Lord. The Word of the Lord always
encourages and leads to life.
On the other hand, the enemy will condemn us and tell us
that we really missed it and will never be spiritual. He will
place tormenting thoughts within that we may as well give
up. The word of the enemy always discourages and leads to
There were ten virgins. The word "virgin" tells
us that these have not yet unconditionally submitted themselves
to His workings in their lives. Ten, the number of completion,
tells us that the Lord will fully prepare us for the marriage
supper of the Lamb if we will respond rightly to Him.
The wise rejected the tendency toward spiritual indifference
and discouragement. They began to seek the Lord and to spend
time in His presence. They asked for, and quickly responded
to the dealings of the Lord, that they might be changed and
their lives become pleasing to Him.
The foolish however, remained satisfied with surface blessings,
and responded to the Lord according to their emotions; seeking
only their present comfort and satisfaction.
Each one of us has equally all these tendencies within us,
five wise, and five foolish. Thus, our vote will determine
the way we will go.
There is an application of this principle to our everyday
lives. The wise, having oil, were able to respond to special
needs that arose along the daily path of life. The foolish,
not having oil, were not prepared to respond. Therefore, when
the time came to enter in, they were still not ready because
they had neglected the daily process of preparation.
Our view of the Lord must be based on a practical, active
friendship with Jesus, including Him in everything we face
in life. The foolish were only interested in the “time”
of the future entrance - when it might be, but they were not
prepared when it suddenly came.
Five actively sought to do something about their circumstances,
and five were indifferent and passive. If in all things, we
daily seek to please the Lord, and daily we set apart time
to have fellowship with Him, and daily we let the Lord know
that we love Him and greatly appreciate His working in our
lives, we will have the required oil that will enable us to
We cannot overcome a problem by struggling against it, but
rather by displacing it with the thoughts of the Lord. These
are available to us as we commune with Him. If we are having
a problem with our thoughts, we should begin to meditate on
His presence, and repeat the words of the Lord.
The wise will do these things, but the foolish will not.