Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! It’s so good to be back with you today…and my prayer is that we will become more deeply rooted in Christ, rather than the problems we face; that we may continue to stand strong in Him…Amen!!
Yesterday, as I was spending some time with God; I was being led to an older writing that He had given me many years back…and as I was reading it out loud; God began to open my thoughts and my heart to something that I believe could be of encouragement to us all right now…so let us first start out by reading a couple Bible verses in Mark 4:16-17…and we read… “Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. (17) But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”
Throughout my life, I have come to see that I not only need to know about God but even more, I need to be deeply rooted in Him. You know…it’s so easy to read verses from the Bible and even memorize them; but to experience them and live them is a different story. When we are only clinging to words; then we will soon find that they do not keep us standing during the tough times.
A long time back, while sitting outside, I remember watching the heavy winds blow against a single flower; but no matter how hard the wind blew, the flower remained standing and that was only because the roots were strong enough to hold up the flower. You know…nothing is ever going to keep us standing strong during the difficult times, unless we have strong roots that are deeply connected to God.
I remember a time in my life, when life seemed to be its toughest. Due to what I was facing at the time; I had decided that I would take the New Testament apart and study it deeply, as a means of seeking God’s help. As I did…God began to open up a greater wisdom, through some of the verses that had pertained to what I was facing at the time. In fact…there were moments, when I would sit with my Bible and just respond with a “Wow!” One thing about that time in my life, was that this wow factor didn’t fade away, like it would have, by just simply memorizing these verses; but instead, I was beginning to see how God was opening up little hidden treasures within these Bible verses that could help me at that time, while becoming deeply embedded within the heart; so that they could be opened and used, for other difficult times that may arise. Now as I look back on my life, I see how God’s word has truly formed a strong root within me…and I can say 100%; that this is what has kept me standing, with the will to continue on…no matter what I have faced in my life.
Today, can we say that we have roots that deeply connect our hearts to God’s heart? Do we know that if we were to face a fierce storm; that we are prepared and ready to weather this storm with God? We can prevent a lot of needless suffering, while weathering these storms, when we allow the wisdom of God’s word to keep us strong and deeply rooted in Him.
As we walk through another new day, I pray that we will not only be people of knowledge; but even more…people of wisdom…a wisdom that can keep us closely connected with God, rather than our problems…and a wisdom that can keep us standing strong and rooted deeply in Him; that we may never be brought low, while facing the storms of life…Amen!
Have a very blessed day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain