“A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved” (Proverbs 12:3).
Have you ever been walking through the woods and had to step over some tree roots sticking out of the ground? If you’re someone who wants to follow Jesus, you’re like that; your roots can’t be moved or dug up. It might not seem that way when you’ve made a mistake, or when you’re not as you’d like to be, but it’s certainly true in my experience. When I’ve felt like giving up, God has shown me Himself. God is love, and God is concerned with our welfare. He’ll keep you strong; He won’t let you be tested beyond the point where you can remain steadfast and firm (1 Corinthians 10:13). Surely we can praise Him for that?
I read Ezekiel 17 this morning, then I noticed Lisa-Jo’s 5-minute Friday theme for this week was ‘Roots’, so I’m joining in. Why don’t you go to her post and take a look at some of the other entries linked up there, or have a go for yourself. It’s fun: Write for 5 minutes; no editing or overthinking, and then link your post up with Lisa-Jo. There’s just one rule: That you visit the person’s blog who linked before you and encourage them in the comments!
Ok then, here’s my 5 minutes:
Somewhere in the sky, there must be two eagles. A reminder of what God said: That one took the top of a tree in its beak and dropped it into fertile soil by the water. The tree grew because its roots were by the water, but when the other eagle came, its roots went towards him, and it withered. It withered even in the garden where it was thriving.
God also took a tender shoot; planted Him in the land of Israel. His roots always went to the Father, as He prayed so fervently and regularly. He was tempted by the other eagle, but His roots never turned; never went towards Satan or the world, … and He never withered.
So put your roots down deep into God; don’t turn to the right or to the left, and you’ll always be fresh and green … and growing.