Where Are Your Roots Planted?
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
The most important part of a tree is it’s root system. Although you cannot see a tree’s roots, they sprawl out deep below the ground’s surface and are critical for the survival of the tree. The tree absorbs the water it needs for life through its roots. The same is true in our lives, we must have deep roots of faith that are absorbing and depending on the Lord if we are going to flourish, stand strong in tough times and bear fruit.
As moms, we have an unlimited number of things fighting for our attention. Most of us have more things demanding our time and energy than we can even manage in a day. We live in a world that judges and rewards based on what it can see. There is a constant pull for all of us to perform well and maintain a positive outward image.
As a result, we are tempted to focus our time and energy on trying to bear fruit in our own strength and with the world’s resources because fruit is what everyone around us can see. God is more interested in the location and health of our “roots”. He is more interested in what lies beneath the surface. He promises that when we trust in Him and put ALL of our confidence in Him, we will naturally produce fruit and be a beautiful creation for His glory even in difficult times.
When the roots of a tree are not planted in a place where they can get sufficient water, eventually that will be seen in the health of the tree itself. A plant will not flower or bear fruit and will eventually wither if its roots are not getting what they need. This is true of us as well.
When tough times come or my patience is tested, my responses are often evidence of whether I have been focused on bearing fruit in my own strength or whether I have been intentional about investing in my “roots”. As I prioritize reading God’s word, spending time with Him, and seeking and desiring Him first, He begins to grow me into a woman, mom, wife and friend who bears beautiful fruit for His name’s sake.
Are you paying attention to where your roots are planted? Eventually what you allow your roots to absorb will be evidenced in the quality of fruit you produce. Lord, I pray that we would not believe the lie that we are capable or responsible for bearing good fruit in our own strength. Give us the wisdom to invest in our “roots” and rest in the blessing that comes from trusting in and putting all of our confidence in You.
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