Rooted in the Word of God

Ephesians 3:17
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.Ephesians 3:17-18

Change can lead to happy occasions such as graduating from high school or having a baby.

It can also be bittersweet like saying goodbye to a loved one who is leaving home to pursue their calling from God.

Other changes make you stop and reflect on what was and what now is.

Recently my parents moved from the town they had lived in for more than twenty years. It’s the same town I call home even though I have not lived there in years.

On the day they moved, I experienced an emotional separation from this small and quiet town. I thought about the memories and the friends we made over the years – those friends who are still part of our lives today.

Until now, I returned every week to visit mom and dad. When I entered the city limits, I knew I was home. The sights and landmarks are as familiar to me as my family.

I love that I can walk into the grocery store and know all of the faces that greet me. And I love that I can sit in mom and dad’s backyard during the annual fair and visit with passersby.

Even though I no longer live there, it was comforting to know I could always go home to this place filled with many memories and still feel part of it.

When I moved away many years ago, I kept my roots planted there with mom and dad. It was my way of staying part of this wonderful town. But now that they are no longer there, what do I do with those roots?

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

Jeremiah has taught me that my hometown roots provide wonderful memories of family and friends that I will always cherish. But I need to focus on growing other roots that are much more important.

Roots are the part of a tree that grow downward into the soil. They keep the tree anchored so that it does not fall over in the wind and provide water and food. Without roots, a tree cannot survive.

God’s word is our root. The more we read His word, the deeper our roots will be planted. These roots provide spiritual food, sustain us in the storms of life and keep us strong when temptations come our way.

The author of this Psalm 1:3 compares us to a tree. Planted by the water, a tree’s thirst is quenched through its roots, keeping it healthy and always bearing fruit.

When we study the word of God, we are fed and nourished through our roots, keeping us healthy and always bearing fruit.

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11 thoughts on “Rooted in the Word of God

  1. Beautiful thoughts, Jenny. I love the images in the OT of roots that go deep beside springs of water. Thank you for reminding me where my roots will grow deepest and most securely.

  2. Jenny,
    So true that our roots are not in a “place”, they are in a person and that person is Jesus Christ. I know I felt that same sting when my folks moved from Pittsburgh and the home I grew up in. What you’ve written here is beautiful and it’s truth.
    Have a joyous and blessed Easter,
    Bev

  3. What encouragement, Jenny. My mom sold her house in the city where I grew up, and we always went back there to stay. Since I don’t have many relatives there anymore, I know I may not go back again. Kind of sad, but your words speak comfort. We’re rooted in Christ! #GraceandTruth

  4. Jenny, what a great reminder of the importance of our spiritual roots. We know that this world itself is passing away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever! It has been my foundation through many ups and downs. I want my roots to be so deep that when I’m old (or older!), my eyesight might fade and my strength, even to hold my Bible, might fail, but I pray that the Word will be deeply planted so I don’t need those outer props. Thanks for a great post! Blessings!

  5. We each need roots in something, somewhere. I was born into a Navy family so a place has not held “roots” for me as some. Yes, I call San Diego home for I was born there and lived a number of precious years there. But I have moved often and far away.
    Rooting in God and His Word is truly the only place I can call Home. Thankful for Him too. More than thankful, if that if possible!
    A reminder to me of where I need to remember that I am planted!

  6. Hey Jenny, We are on the same path this week! I have been meditating on Psalm 1 about how the Word will sustain us in difficulty if we plant seeds of the truth now. Thanks for the confirmation from your blog!

  7. i wanted to ask you what you thought about stevia? i wasn’t sure if i want liv to have stevia in her milk- have you asked your ped about it? i was going to ask ours, but she’s pretty intense on the dairy train, so i’m not sure what she’ll say yet about giving liv another type of milk

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