“… the root of the righteous will not be moved … the root of the righteous yields fruit.” Proverbs 12:3, 12
My brother-in-law was attempting to remove a bush from my parent’s back yard. He had it attached somehow to his pick-up truck and was backing up. Instead of the bush coming out, part of his truck lifted off the ground. Wow! Talk about some deep roots. They’d been growing in that dirt for who knows how long, and they did not want to come out.
I love the picture this gives us of being rooted in Christ. The longer we know Him and abide in Him, the more tightly we’re bound to Him. When troubles and trials come … we will not be moved. Though circumstances go against us and threaten to undo us … we will not be moved. Despite our doubts and limited faith … we will not be moved.
In addition, spiritual benefits will come as we remain firm in Christ. When we stay true to Biblical truth … we will bear fruit. Though the world mocks and belittles our faith … we will bear fruit. Despite our concern that our offerings are insignificant … we will bear fruit.
A tempting thought recently assailed me with force: to give up on something God has called me to do. The thought of throwing in the towel felt like such a relief. But temporary. Because in the long run, I know I’d regret giving up on the Lord’s plan for me. His ways are not my ways (Isaiah 55:8). My life is not my own. I’ve been bought with a price–the precious blood of Christ (I Peter 1:18-19). And so have all who belong to the Lord. It’s not about us … it’s ALL about HIM.
Perhaps you’re being tempted to quit something God has called you to do. Amidst the onslaught of thoughts, may He enable you to hear His voice encouraging and directing you. The Lord Jesus set His face like a flint while facing the cross (Isaiah 50:7). He determined to do God’s will even unto death. May we imitate Christ by following through with whatever God has called us to do. For His glory.
By God’s grace, we will not be moved … and we will bear fruit.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” – I Corinthians 15:58