“A farmer went out to sow his seed. … Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.”
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. … 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.”
So, I’ve received the seed of His Word and it’s taken hold enough for me to have some joy. I won’t always be this way. I’m not in this alone. Praise God!
But what happens when the symptoms come back? I’m tempted to believe that I’m not getting any better and that God has not answered my prayers.
You are God my stronghold.
Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?
How do I put down roots to keep from giving up when my mind is full of mourning and my body is oppressed by the enemy?
Since the seed is the Word of God, the way to put down roots is to spend time in God’s Word. Feeding my mind and heart on His Word is what will deepen those roots in my life.
And God won’t ask me to do something without providing a way for me to do it.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
How do I put down roots to keep me from falling away when I’m tested? I ask God to help me put down those roots. And then I take whatever baby step I can toward Him, knowing that He will meet me where I am and help me get to where I need to be.
God has provided so many ways to bring His Word into our lives and grow our roots deeper, especially with today’s technology.
I can download an app on my phone and keep it beside my bed, so that if my mind won’t shut up in the middle of the night, I can look up a scripture or two. Even one or two scriptures in the middle of the night grows my roots a little bit more.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
I can sign up for a Bible website to email me a scripture verse every day. And each email grows my roots a little deeper.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
We can write down one of the verses we heard in church on Sunday, and read it a few times during the week. Growing roots every time.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
You’re reading this Bible study blog, so you’re putting God’s Word in your heart right now. More roots.
Growing roots isn’t a quick fix. But it’s necessary for lasting change. If I want to reap a long-term harvest of peace in my life, doing small things to grow roots now is the way to get me there.
What are some ways you can start growing roots where you are right now?
If you’ve been growing roots already, how have they helped keep you grounded when symptoms try to tell you God’s not there?
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