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Rooted

Weekly Devotionals

Rooted

7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

9 The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heart
and test the mind, [2]
to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.”

In this season I feel as though my life is up in the air. I guess it always is, but I find myself feeling less settled with more questions directed at God than usual. Questions about future ministry, questions about marriage, questions about whether I should stay in Korea or go. If I do leave, do I go back home or somewhere else? The questions are endless.

If we allow ourselves to become consumed by these matters we will soon find ourselves overwhelmed with worry, fear and anxiety. And often we will find ourselves operating out of fear not faith. We try to take matters into our own hands and fool ourselves into thinking that we actually have a measure of control over our own lives. Reality is that even as God leads us and brings answers and clarity to some of these questions, we will always be faced with uncertainties and unknowns in this life except one.

Jeremiah speaks of the futility of depending on oneself and contrasts that with the blessing that comes from one who’s trust is in the Lord. Those who trust in the Lord will always find themselves in seasons of fruitfulness even when difficulties and trials come. But like the tree our trust must find itself rooted in a source that brings life (streams of water). In a world of uncertainty, let us remember that Christ and His finished work on the cross is the one thing in our lives that is certain. Our trust comes from a place of finding confidence in the person of Christ and knowing that He is the Sovereign Lord over all things. We are so often so eager to seek answers to life’s questions that somehow our life becomes about us when it should be about Christ and for Christ. In a world of struggles, trials and pain let us look to Christ, the source of our living water. Let us seek Christ and stay rooted in Him.