Inner Strength

Are You Firmly Planted?

The other day, my husband and I were outside tackling a mulch project. Before spreading the beautiful dark substance, my husband did some digging. Using a shovel, he dug out the edges of the area needing mulch. Many of these areas were circular and carefully surrounded individual trees. When we got to the final tree, it was more difficult to do the edging. Not only was the ground harder, but the tree seemed to have numerous thick roots that ran along the dig line.

As I looked at one of the large roots, the Lord put something on my heart. The verse about trees being planted by streams of water. It’s Psalm 1:3, and it says this:

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Who will be like this tree? We’ll get to that in a minute.

As I looked at the large root, I gained a deeper understanding of what it means to be like “a tree firmly planted.” When my husband (who is very strong) tried to cut some of the moderately-sized tree roots, it was a struggle. The roots were solid and sought to repel his efforts. We ended up working around many of these roots. They were too thick to be split with a shovel. Smaller roots from other trees could be severed by the shovel, but these roots put up a fight. This tree was firmly planted.

So, who is like this tree? Let’s look back at verses 1 and 2 leading into verse 3:

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

As Christians, we desire to follow Jesus. We don’t want to be swayed by the world or do evil. How do we stand strong, firmly planted in Christ? Instead of following the wicked advice from the world, we seek God’s counsel. We follow His wisdom. We delight in the law of the Lord. We meditate on it. We read His word, soak it in, and let it feed our roots.

The word of God nourishes our souls.

Not only does verse 3 say that this person will be like a tree, but one that is firmly planted by streams of water. When we meditate on God’s word day and night, letting His ways saturate our mind and heart, His word acts as water. Just like natural water feeds a tree, the word of God is spiritual water for our souls. It keeps our roots strong, so when the world comes at us with a shovel and tries to chop our roots, we’re immovable.

The world of God strengthens us and helps us mature. When a tree is young, its roots are rather scrawny. It can be dug out, moved, or uprooted. When that tree becomes mature, the roots are a force, providing stability against wind, hail, and people with shovels. If you’re looking to strengthen your foundation in Christ, feed on the word of God. Not only will your roots grow and mature so you are firmly planted, but you’ll bear fruit, walk in prosperity through Christ, and have everlasting life.

Today, if you’re feeling tossed by the wind. If your branches are withering and you’re thirsting for something more. I encourage you to pick up a Bible (you can read online HERE). Find delight in the word of God. Let His word nourish your soul and lift your head. Plant your roots by His streams of living water. In Him is true life.

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