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How Deep Are Your Roots?

October 24, 2013

Psalm 1 describe the righteous man as one who is a tree planted by the stream. This tree will be known by the green leaves and the bearing of the fruit. The author of this passage painted a picture the reader could observe in everyday nature. But we often overlook these things as common.

I live in Texas, and that means mesquite trees, and they are common. After a little research, I came to find they are quite unique. The mesquite has a tap root that will grow as deep as 190 feet to reach a lasting water source. But it also builds a backup system of roots spreading throughout the shallower ground running widely horizontal to pick up water which the rains may drop.

How deep are your roots? Are you reaching deep and wide to ground yourself nearest the water source? Are you not only reading the Bible, but also meditating on God? Are you searching out His presence in all you see and do? While simple questions, you will find they are much more probing than you might think if you really give some time to thinking them through.

You see, a tree does not grow deep and wide overnight, it takes time. It takes years and years. So we must first start our growth experience. Then we need to continue to grow over the years. Last, we must extend grace to others as they work on growing their own roots in the family soil. So, ask yourself the tough questions and get growing again, deep and wide. Then start extending grace to those around you as they try to grow also.


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  1. Thanks for the excellent application of plant biology (natural revelation) to illustrate principles from God’s special revelation. As a botanist, my research suggests that plants grown in drier soils will allocate relatively more of their sun-made food supply to increase root growth. Perhaps plants illustrate for Christians the role of trials (like drought for plants) in producing deeper roots–i.e. spiritual roots. Of course, even in conditions of adequate moisture, seedlings are “programmed” to develop their primary root systems first to provide anchorage and a source of water and nutrients BEFORE the shoot develops..

    • One of the things I love about Scripture is the illustrative language. So often an answer or the illustration is right under our nose, as in this case. I find the “programming” as you call it quite interesting.

      Natural revelation is one of the great illustrators. Here in west Texas we see chaff blowing in the wind (an illustration I also use when preaching Psalm 1), and the on-and-off drought bring numerous illustrations.

      Again, thank you for your comments!

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