Grace and Peace to you!
Today’s uplift “Stay rooted and grounded in the Word of God” Judges 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
During our storms I noticed several large trees down. Trees that once stood so tall had toppled over and laying on the ground! As I pondered on what I saw I did some research on why large seemingly strong trees would uproot and tumble to the ground because they couldn’t withstand the storm.
I found out that if a tree has incredibly shallow roots its roots could have grown use to getting surface water from the sprinkler system. As a result, the roots didn’t dig down deep to get water from below. Shallow roots can keep a big tree alive, but not stable during storms.
Secondly, a tree could look big and strong on the outside, but inside it could be hollow. At some point in time something as small as an ant could find a weak spot in the tree and start chewing a tiny little tunnel into the tree’s center. Soon other ants would find their way in as well. Then water could get in the opening and soften the wood. Over time the tree could rot away internally.
These scenarios with the trees made me think of the condition of God’s people at the end of the book of Judges. The final words of this book provide such a heartbreaking reality check even for us today. Judges 21:25 says, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Sadly, the patterns of sin and destruction that felt “right” to them were completely outside of what God called right and good.
We can discover two things that happen when we follow our opinions and feelings (what’s right in our own eyes) rather than the absolute truth of God:
We mistake opinions as truth. Just like the tree with shallow roots, if we aren’t digging in deep to seek the source of living water for ourselves, we won’t have the grounding necessary to stand strong when the ways of this world try to pull us down. We must seek and apply God’s truth every day, so we aren’t easily swayed by opinions that aren’t in line with God’s truth. Shallow seeking will lead to shallow believing — that dangerous place where we will fall for whatever opinions make us comfortable and make our lives more convenient.
We make feelings our false Holy Spirit. This is like the big tree that was taken down by some small ants. The little ants are like desires that lead to eventual death: “Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death” (James 1:15, NIV). When we care more about what feels right than what is right, we open ourselves up to the destruction of sin. Feelings are wonderful indicators that remind us to turn to God and let Him direct our desires with His best provisions. But feelings should never be dictators to get our un-met longings and desires met however we see fit.
Overcomer, be more like the tree planted by the rivers of living waters that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper! Let the word fall on good ground and trust in the Lord to do what’s right, not what’s popular!
Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Over comer!!