Like a Tree Planted by the Water

Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

A person doesn’t have to be an expert with trees to know when one is dead or healthy. But sometimes it may look dead when its not. I had a tree cut down a few years ago and I still have to cut down shoots that grow up every year. Those roots are still alive. Talk about stubborn. God put in that tree the ability to keep coming back. As Christians we are not to be wishy-washy, not bent by every wind. God has given us a solid foundation, some roots. We’re planted in the kingdom and we are to sink our roots deep in him. That’s how we get strong in the Lord.

Trees withstand storms. We see them bend but then they snap back up. They may lose leaves or twigs and branches. This seems to make the tree grow better. It becomes sturdier. The roots go deeper. They intermingle with rocks and clay and grow more roots as they go deeper.  There is no excuse why we can’t remain standing in these stormy times. Temptations may be hard to resist. Maybe you think there is too much pressure. Too bad we have such a weak Savior. We insult God when we get weak and wishy-washy. Paul said not to let things move us. Our Savior is strong and we are to root ourselves in him. Jesus said upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  If you’re being yanked and feel weak, don’t blame God. Don’t blame others. Put the blame on yourself. The foundation of God remains. We’re a tree, not planted in the desert, but one that stands by the water. Has the Lord cut the spigot off? No.  If things of life knock us down, it’s not because we’re not planted; it’s because we won’t put down roots. What we need more than ever is to get rooted in Jesus Christ. We need to get so tangled up in Jesus, in the Bible, in church, with God’s people that the devil can’t knock us down. Be so close to Jesus that no matter what size chain and truck the devil has he can’t pull you down. He may knock off a few branches or a few leaves. But hang in there. God will bring out new ones and you can shine for him.

When we look at Psalms 1:1 we know there is lots of worldly, ungodly counsel. Scorn is seen in the all-out assault of Jesus. Let them sit in their seats. Let us be in the seat with Jesus. Then we’ll be like that tree in verse 3.  Paul said to be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. Be knowledgeable in God’s Word. Study it. It takes endurance and decisiveness. Paul also said I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. If we really want to, we can. We ought to want the Lord that badly. The want to is our part. Let any labor that is in vain be the devil’s, be the world’s. Not yours!

We have a Savior who went toe to toe with the devil and won. Forevermore he will reign and we can reign with him.  Put down roots. We need them.

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