Roots

Years ago I was in a spiritually dormant season. I asked my landscape architect friend about tree roots during the winter. He said that though there were no leaves on the trees, the roots were busily collecting nutrients from the soil.
 
Psalm 1:2-3 says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whole leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”
 
Spiritual roots are fed by drinking in God’s word. They are our root’s Life Source. Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
 
Roots need water. Our spiritual water is God’s word. Without it we would dry up at the roots. There are three interesting verses in Job. It gives hope for those who feel spiritually dry, or who have prodigals in their lives.
 
Job 14:7-9 says, “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, YET at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.”
 
In Mark 4:13-20 Jesus explained the parable of the sower to His disciples. Some of the seeds fell on the wayside, some on stony ground, some among thorns, and some on good ground.
 
Verse 17 says of the seeds in the stony ground, “And they have no root in themselves and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises, for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.”
 
I encourage your to ask yourself this question: How deep are my roots?
 
 

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