Mark 4:17 shows us how essential it is to have a root in ourself. I love David’s example in 1 Samuel 30. David and his men were exhausted from their travels back to their homes in Ziklag. I can imagine their anticipation as they came to the last rise before they would see Ziklag below them.
Verse 3 says that they came to the city. It was burned with fire, their wives and children had been taken captive. Verse 4 says, “Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.”
Verse 6 says, “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him…” What? These were his army. They had fought shoulder to shoulder in battles. The end of the verse goes on to say, “…But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
David’s roots were deeply embedded in the soil of God’s word. That is so evident through the psalms that he wrote. He was a shepherd. He understood the needs of sheep: quiet waters, green pastures, and time to ruminate. He applied the same to his own life.
After David strengthened himself in the Lord, he inquired of the Lord for clear direction. Verse 8 says, “…Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? And He answered him, Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
With God’s direction, David marshaled some of his men to pursue. They did recover their wives, children, their flocks and herds. Verse 19 says that nothing of theirs was lacking.
David’s strong relationship with the Lord, and the inner ability to strengthen himself through God’s promises, helped him to stand in the face of radical opposition.