From: T.M. Schoewe
In spite of the big discoveries of oil in North Dakota, California and West Texas which will most likely enable our country to become the world’s leading producer of the stuff, many people are terrified that sometime in the not too distant future the earth will run out of it! The great demand for cars and trucks by the great populations in China and India help out oil in a losing game. Eventually the good earth will run out of oil and our ever present automobile that runs on gas will wheeze to a stop.
This fear is behind the push for renewable resources and attempts to draw energy from what seem to be infinite sources like the sun, wind, and falling water. More and more we see solar panels and giant wind mills, especially across our south and west. There are a couple of such windmills out near “Pork and Plants.” And more and more ethanol plants are being built requiring more and more corn; so much for worrying about feeding the world, now our corn is grown to fuel it!
This thought of running out of resources like oil reminds us that this is the time of year when the churches engage in their stewardship drives. Did you know that there are people worrying about simply running out of money? Do you see giving money back to God as a final losing game? As though if you keep giving and God gets more or more of your money that soon you will run out? Please know this: our God solemnly promises to be an endless source; He is sort of like renewable energy, only infinitely better and will always provide for all cheerful givers.
Listen to what He promises in 2nd Corinthians 9:10. “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
Well that is a great promise and we hope you believe it. Permit me to point you to another portion of scripture in which our Lord speaks about “running out of oil.” You will find in the tax collectors book called Matthew, in Chapter 25, Verses 1-13, that the kingdom of heaven is compared to 10 maidens who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five virgins were wise and took along extra oil and five were foolish and did not take an extra supply. Finally the bridegroom comes. The five wise virgins turn on their lamps and go into the celebration. But the five foolish ones out of oil have to go to get more and when they return the door to the celebration is shut. When they rap to get in they are refused with the word of the Lord: “I do not know you.”
The point — do not run out of oil! What does that mean? Do not run out of the faith that believes that the “Lord is coming!” The great truth that permeates the scripture is that “He is coming!” That should be a bit of joy for you each day. To doubt or question that “the Lord’s coming” is to run out of oil and to finally find the door to the celebration of life is closed!