When I think of roots, I quickly turn to tree roots, or weed roots, or something that has to do with my yard. Today I planted some bushes and flowers in my front flowerbed and spent an inordinate amount of time chopping and cutting roots in order to get them in the dirt. For the most part, roots are a nuisance.
But God says roots are good things to have. He designed them for the trees and plants, and He also designed them for you and me.
They (us) 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.”
Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
Colossians2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,continue to live your lives in him,
rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Roots are designed to provide nourishment and stability. If the roots don’t form properly or are too shallow, the entire tree can wither and die, or easily be blown over when storms come. God promises us that “many troubles” will come to us as married couples (1 Corinthians 7:28). Our individual roots need to go deep and wide into Christ and His Word, so we can stand firm when they come.
If we don’t know God’s Word, or listen to His voice – we will respond to troubles with our own wisdom and listen to the voices of the world and the enemy. We have got to know God’s heart for marriage, and His desire for us to glorify Him in it. We have got to realize that our mortal enemy hates marriage, and is literally hell-bent on destroying it – yours, mine and anyone else’s who will listen to his deception and lies. As John Eldredge puts it – “we live in a love story set in the midst of war”.
So, how much time do you and I spend putting down roots into God’s Word. Do we know His commands and promises for husbands, and for marriage? Do we spend as much time soaking in His wisdom as we do connecting on our phone, iPad or computer? What about watching TV? Yes, I know that is hitting below the waist, but the point is – if we spend precious little time in God’s presence, seeking His wisdom, strength and help – what is going to happen when the troubles of life come? And, they will come.
It’s time to be deliberate about root system. It’s time to put Christ back on the throne of our lives and stop settling for an “ok” marriage. Your children are looking to you for what a Christian marriage should be. Your families, neighbors, friends and colleagues need to see a living example of what Jesus meant when He said for us to “love our wives as Christ loved the church (His bride) and gave Himself up for her”.
We promised, before God, family and friends, to “love, honor and cherish our wife, in good times and bad, until death parts us” when we said our marriage vows. He has all the nourishment (wisdom, patience, power, understanding, love, joy, peace, etc.) we need if we will be deliberate about putting down our roots into the rich soil of His presence.
Let’s go deeper into Him,