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Deep Roots

Posted: Thursday, January 1

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Genesis 1:1-2:25
Matthew 1:1-2:12
Psalm 1:1-6
Proverbs 1:1-6

 

Verse of the day: 

They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. (Psalm 1:3)


I have a great appreciation for trees. One of the most awe-inspiring places I’ve ever been to is the grove of giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park. Here you’ll encounter trees that have been alive since the time of Christ and have grown to more than 300 feet in height and 30 feet in diameter. It takes your breath away to see the scale and longevity of our God’s creation up close. 

 

Reading Psalm 1:3 inspires me to be like a tree. Let me explain…

 

Whenever you see a tree of great size you can know that there is an equally impressive root structure supporting that tree. With those roots the tree can survive through brutal Wisconsin winters and fierce spring storms with high winds. The roots can’t be seen, but they are the source of life and strength for the tree. I want to put down roots. I want to be committed and planted in Christ and His work so that no matter what adversity comes, like a tree I will stand.

 

Psalm 1:3 tells us that when we are like a tree, we’ll bear fruit in each season. There’s nothing more unpalatable than fruit that is picked before it’s ripe, before its season. I want to focus on putting roots down in Christ so that I have fruit in season; to have the right words when words are needed, to have endurance in a wearisome season and to have patience when turmoil surrounds.  Scripture says that our lives will be marked by prosperity when we put down roots. Yes, we’ll face hardships but when people look at our lives they will see God’s blessing and favor. 

 

Want to be like a tree? Spend some time today putting down some roots in Christ.