Friday: 31st August, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 25:1-13
Matthew 25:8,9 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
While on holiday recently, we received tips from someone about ‘how to successfully take better photographs’; We had no reason to doubt this as he appeared knowledgeable and his information seemed right. Long story short, our disappointment become evident when we realised the pictures taken using his suggestions, paled in comparison to those we had taken earlier using our own techniques.
Before any further information is revealed in the subsequent verses of today’s Gospel, the virgins in the story are initially classified as either ‘wise’ or ‘foolish’. The foolish virgin thus, hurriedly set off to ‘find’ sellers of oil when the wise told them to go get their own. Interestingly, all the wise virgins did were to wait at the door for the bridegroom. What seemed a good idea because it came from ‘the wise’, only ended up keeping those five ‘foolish’ virgins locked outside the doors to a wedding for which they had been invited.
Beloved, opinions that come from people we consider ‘superior, wise or learned’ are among those we are very easily tempted to and want to follow because we are of the singular view that they know better and will also want our good. However, the timing and options presented to us, regardless of who suggested or what is suggested, can be well off the mark.
Let’s therefore not be too quick to just buy into the opinions of others – they may be considered wise, but you have to validate for yourself if the information coming your way, in your current circumstance, is the best call.
Remember # Others are only in a capacity to suggest, but ultimately, you have the final say so don’t just accept all others say.