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by APC on February 24, 2016

We live in an electronic age—smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart watches, fitness trackers, etc. The list goes on and on! These are marvelous devices: huge time savers, portable, and are beyond multi-purpose.

A small wave of recognition of these glorious creations hits me each time I use them. There’s always something in the back of my mind reminding me of the days when some of the devices didn’t exist, or the days when the technology wasn’t quite as helpful as it is today. I realize how much time these devices save me and I’m grateful!

But, while the wave of appreciation washes over me, it’s halted half way as I notice a helpful, but dreaded monitoring feature on every device. Wherever it is on your device, it’s there nonetheless—the battery status.

I get caught up using my devices and don’t see the battery level grow increasingly dim. While I’m the type of person that has 5 chargers with me at all times, inevitably, I get caught somewhere—the one time I don’t have my charger or a power source—and panic sets in. I’m running out of battery. I really hate being caught unaware and unprepared…

Some electronic users live by the strict philosophy that you should charge your devices whenever you have a chance, because who knows when you’ll have the opportunity again (insert scary music here). While I find this to be a little melodramatic, there is good advice in this statement—but maybe not always for our electronic devices.

Scripture teaches us a story about 10 women—5 wise and 5 foolish (Matthew 25:1–13). They all went out to meet the bridegroom, and had lamps to light their way. While the bridegroom tarried, their lamps began to grow dim, and the oil started to run out. Five brought extra oil, and 5 didn’t. While the other 5 who didn’t bring extra oil were out getting more, the bridegroom came and shut the door. The 5 all missed out on the marriage supper.

It’s funny how there’s a story in Scripture that matches our dilemma today. While these lamps weren’t electronic (they were oil-powered) they still had an issue of running out of power. This parable tells us to have “extra” with us; to take time to charge when we can so we aren’t caught unaware and unprepared.

We run on power every day, and that power is of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8). Our supply doesn’t last for long—we have to constantly fill up. This is why Scripture teaches us the importance of feeding on God’s Word (Joshua 1:8) and praying daily (I Thessalonians 5:17).

The oil mentioned in our parable was the Holy Ghost. Five were running on power from yesterday’s blessing; they ran out and missed the final call. They didn’t take time to have a prayer life or a daily intimate relationship with God. Their battery life wasn’t so good; they weren’t powered up.

God’s mercies are new and afresh every day (Lamentations 3:22–23). He’s got an anointing, strength, peace, love for us—everything we need day-to-day freshly prepared. We can’t let our infilling of His presence go out. We can’t let our battery die. Let’s make sure that we’re always prepared: prayed up, filled up, and powered up!