Roots

trees

Isaiah 37:31 (ESV):

31 And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward.

I love trees. I saw these trees growing out of the wall underneath I-75 in Atlanta last year when Kathy and I were taking a walk on a path by the Chattahoochee River. I think God must love trees too, because He uses the imagery of trees so many times in the Bible. Yes, I know I mentioned this a couple of days ago too. I am also amazed at how many different types of trees God has created, not to mention how His vast diversity is displayed in both nature and mankind. But, back to trees and roots. This verse really stood out to me today for several reasons. First, God never forsakes us. We may forsake Him, but He continues to pursue us and draw us back to Him. His forgiveness is always available. Second, to be in Christ, we must have our roots deep in Him. We cannot live apart from Him. If our roots are not dug deep into Him, we will fall away quickly. All of our nourishment comes from being in fellowship with Him through daily prayer, worship, and Bible time. I have found that I lose my way rather quickly when I lose this time with Him. Third, when we are deeply rooted in Christ, we flourish- like the beautiful branches, limbs, and leaves that provide so much shelter, protection, and beauty for both animals and people. Last, Colossians 2:7 (NLT) states, “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Not only will our lives overflow with thankfulness, but like trees whose rings tell a story, our lives are a legacy left for others. Being rooted in Christ allows us to leave a legacy worth passing on to others.

banyan-tree

Banyan Tree in India

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