A tree’s roots keep it securely anchored in the ground. Even when the wind blows or storms rage, a tree with roots that run deep into the ground is not easily knocked down or uprooted. Today I encourage you to be LIKE A TREE-plant the Word of God deep within your heart and let it anchor you in times of trouble! You might wonder: how do I do that?…Well, you can start by reading God’s word DAILY, meditating on it day and night, and actually DOING what it says to do! You see, it’s not enough to only HEAR the Word in church on sunday mornings-hearing the Word only plants the seed. However, once a seed has been planted you must nourish it and do all you can to make it produce fruit!
You can nourish your seeds and continue to make yourself strong in the Word of God by putting the Word in your prayers, everyday conversations, and even in your songs of praise and worship. If you have God’s Word incorporated into every part of your life it is not easy for a lie, test, or storm to uproot you from the truth. For example, difficult times may fool some into believing that certain things are impossible; but those deeply rooted in God with His Word all around them, know that ALL things are possible with God! So be like a tree-let God be the soil that you are rooted in and the Word of God be your roots! And allow the Word to run deep into your heart that you may continue to be STEADFAST and IMMOVABLE in the Lord, even when the storms of life are raging!
I Corinthians 15:58 (New King James Version)
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2018 by Adrianna Jones.
God has allowed so many things in my life to work out just the way I wanted-He’s said YES to so many different things I’ve asked for. However, there have been a few things He didn’t allow to work out quite the way I wanted; in other words He said NO. Now of course I cried out to Him concerning these things-I continually prayed and pled with Him saying, “God please let this thing work out for me.” Yet in spite of all my effort, some things still didn’t pan out the way I wanted. Now I must admit, this often left me feeling hurt and confused-you know how it is when you really want something. If you’ve put your all into something and it still doesn’t work out it can be very frustrating. However, in retrospect I can see so much God was probably trying to protect me from when He said no and I’m THANKFUL to say the least!
You see, we often only want things because they LOOK or SEEM good at first glance or on a surface level. But God sees past the surface and knows exactly what’s hidden-He knows if a thing is truly good, and more specifically if it’s good for us or not. When God tells us no it may be that the very thing we wanted wasn’t as good as we thought it was. So whether it was a job that wouldn’t hire you or let you go, a relationship that failed, or a big plan that just didn’t come together; I want to encourage you that God is indeed faithful to His righteous children. He will NOT withhold anything GOOD from you. If God said no, it probably wasn’t good and it probably wasn’t for you. And just because it didn’t work out the way you wanted that doesn’t mean it didn’t work out in your favor! Scripture tells us that ALL things work together for our good-the ups, the downs, the yea’s, and the nay’s!
Romans 8:28 (New King James Version)
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.