Where Are Your Roots?


From the Book of Psalms, Chapter 1, Verses 1-3

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.  That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.

From the Book of Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verses 5-8

This is what the LORD says:                                                                                            “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

That person is like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes.

They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

“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.”

Where are you today?

What makes a person wicked?  Consider the progression of walking, standing and sitting as outlined in Psalm 1.  Contrast a “tree planted by the water” and a “bush in the wastelands”.  The passage in Jeremiah states that “heat” will come regardless of where our roots are planted.  What is the significance of the location of our “roots”?

How will you put your beliefs in motion today?

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