A couple of days ago a storm came through our area. With it came strong winds and LOTS of rain. There were several small branches down in my yard, but nothing really bad. But in the garden, I noticed several plants had been blown over. Again, not anything really bad. The rain had softened the top layer of soil and with the winds blowing them around they had enough wiggle room to lay over. But the roots were deep enough and strong enough that they held on during the storm. All the plants were still very much alive and in good health because the roots were still feed them and anchoring them. With a little encouragement and packing the soil, I had the plants standing back upright in no time.
Our faith is fed by the roots we put down. That’s why it’s so important to be rooted in scripture. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). Having Scripture feeding us and anchoring us allows our faith to with stand the storms in life. And I’m not just talking about knowing a few of the popular scriptures like “For God so loved the World…” or “I can do all things…” Christ says that having shallow roots may help you grow but when the heat of the day comes, those kind of roots can’t provide enough nutrients and the plant/faith dies (Matt 13:5-6). We need to be setting our roots deep into scripture. Having deep roots in the firm foundation (Matt 7:24) means that when the storms blown us around, our faith remains alive and in good health.