We are about to move into the New Year! As we look back over 2016, we either are very pleased or hoping that 2017 will yield completely different outcomes. Honestly, I believe that I have endured some of my greatest challenges in the year 2016. I look back to many tears, disappointments, heartache, and challenges. However, in the midst of all the difficulty, God pulled on me to start this blog that has been a blessing to me and others. Additionally, I have gained a greater love and appreciation for the God that I serve. God is the constant in my life that I refuse to let go of. As you reflect over the year, don’t just focus on the valleys but also focus on the victories. There has been lot in 2016, but God had it so that you are still here. This is something that we cannot take for granted. I was watching a sermon yesterday, and the pastor had a bouncy ball for an analogy. He talked about how this ball bounces higher based on how hard the surface is that it has to bounce off. In 2016, it may seem like you have been hitting some hard surfaces, but you must be encouraged and know that it is only helping you reach new levels and put you in your place of destiny.
However, the blog today is “Roots Matter.” This stems from reading Psalm 1 two days ago. The entire Psalm is great, but Psalm 1:3 is what jumped out of the page at me. I have been pondering it for the last two days. Psalm 1:3 “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season: his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
This spoke volumes to me.
David is writing here about the blessed man. Psalm 1:1- “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” In others words, David is saying blessed in the person who does not follow wicked advice, does not take rest on the path of sinners, and does not remain with thoes who are disrespectful.
Then Psalm 1:2 shares what the blessed man does instead- “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law does he meditate day and night.” What does the law refer to here? God’s law are his instructions, his words, his direction. Where is your focus? The bible says to set your affections (your heart, your mind) on things above and not on things on this Earth. You should get your guidance and direction from above.
Finally we get to Vs. 3 where we learn that Roots matter. This verse is about the outcomes or results for the blessed person, which are fruit in it season, not withering, and prosperity.
Verse 3- Roots Matter
A tree is only as strong as its root system. “Tree roots extended radially in every direction to a distance equal to at least the height of the tree.” “Tree roots absorb water and nutrients from the soil.” (http://www.hellistreeconsultants.co.uk/kbi1000014_tree_root_systems.html)
David gives an analogy of a tree planted by the rivers of water. This is powerful. When we think about the dynamic of a tree and water, a tree stands tall and a river flows low with in respect to a tree. How is it that a tree gains all that it needs from the river? The river does not flow up the tree to each branch. Instead, the tree retrieves its nutrients from the roots. If the roots are not in a place to receive the necessary nutrients, it will die. In this analogy, the tree is planted in a place where it can get all the nutrients necessary for ample growth and development. The tree will bring forth fruit during its time, it will not deteriorate, and it will prosper.
How does that apply to your life? Why do I say Roots Matter? You are that tree, and God is the river. In 2017, I believe God desires to bless us, and I believe he desires to give us what we need for growth and development. However, we have to be in a position to receive the nutrients that we need. According to verses 1 and 2, that means straying away from distractions, hindrances, or anything that pulls us away from God. Then, meditating and focusing on the wisdom, direction, and guidance of God through the Holy Spirit. That is how we become that tree planted by the rivers of water. We will bring forth fruit during the time God has appointed. What fruit? The fruit of the Spirit; love, how, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Then, it says the tree will not wither. This means that no matter what comes or go, the tree will not be destroyed. God (the river) will sustain you. Finally, it finished with “and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” This is an awesome promise. God says we will grow, he will keeps us, and the things that we put our hearts and mind to accomplish, aligned with his will, will come to fruition.
Therefore, we must check our check our Roots. In 2017, we have to make sure that we are in position for God to bless us, to favor us, and to overwhelm us with his love. I am ready for all that God has for me in 2017. I am hoping for some great things. My faith has been rejuvenated. What will you do? Where will you be? Your Roots Matter. If you are not in position to receive, you will be stagnant or withered, which is not God’s desire for you.