My grandmother loved repeating stories to us from our childhood. One in particular just tickled her pink, as she would recall it for me over and over. She said that when I was very young, as soon as we would arrive at her house, I would flop across her sofa and proclaim, “I’m home!” My family moved quite frequently, but grandma’s house stayed the same, she was always happy to see me, and there were always plenty of treats hidden behind cupboard doors. Here rested the calm within an ever changing life. It was home.
Where are your roots anchored deep? What nourishes them, and keeps them strong in the midst of the cruelest season?
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Confidence; a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship or other sound principle of another person. http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/Trust
There is little hope that we will ever put that kind of trust in anything or anyone we do not know well. Knowing God is essential to learning to trust Him through every season. Now here is the part where I wanted to say that knowing God is enough. That studying His character and amazing love and grace would anchor those roots so deeply in Him that nothing would ever shake us. But the Lord has been reminding me all week that knowing Him is not enough to anchor me within His roots. I do need to know Him. I do need to make it a daily habit to diligently seek Him through the pages of His Word. He promises that when we draw nigh to Him, He will draw nigh to us(James 4:8). Setting a priority on knowing God is absolutely essential to deepening my roots, but there is another necessary element.
As I was reading the commands God gave Moses in Exodus, I noted this one in Exodus 22:26-27: If thou at all take thy neighbour’s raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down: For that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.
His commands reflect His heart. They directly reflect both His righteousness and His mercy. Trusting implies that because we know Him, we are free to follow His instructions diligently. It is our obedience that anchors us deeply to the refuge of His promises. He knows the way, He knows the season, and He directs from His gracious understanding of the bigger picture.
Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
There is safety within the parameters of His instruction, and there is confidence when we approach His throne of grace knowing we’ve done all we know to do. Both of these elements grow us into the steady fruitful trees that God intended us to be.
Even the largest, sturdiest trees once started as a sapling. In the same way, each of us is in a different stage of growth. Where do we start? If the Holy Spirit lives in your heart, He may already be speaking to you directly. Follow His prompting, and obey what is pressing on your heart directly. The more you obey, the easier it is to obey. Haven’t started a daily reading Bible habit? Start with one book of the Bible, and set small goals. Ask the Lord to open your eyes and teach you. Make a plan and follow through.
I am praying for you!