Deep Roots
















     Have you ever seen anything so bright and shiny?  The Lord sure wanted everyone to see this poppy for you can’t miss it.  And they are not suppose to die until winter because they have a root that is so long that it will capture the moisture a shallow root will not. 













In California you can see on bare hills the hillside a mass of orange out in the heat with these beaming poppies.  They will popup anywhere you let them.  It is surprising they have such moist feeling leaves when they can take such drought. 




     It makes me think of the way we should dig deep in the Word of God so we can stay alive and close to the Lord in the drought of troubles that come upon each of us and get through it all to end up on the right side.





Deep Roots

 "The seed sown upon stony ground finds little depth of soil. The plant springs up quickly, but the root cannot penetrate the rock to find nutriment to sustain its growth, and it soon perishes. . . .  

As soon as Matthew heard the Saviour’s call, immediately he rose up, left all, and followed Him. . . . But those who in the parable are said to receive the word immediately, do not count the cost. They do not consider what the word of God requires of them. They do not bring it face to face with all their habits of life, and yield themselves fully to its control.  

The roots of the plant strike down deep into the soil, and hidden from sight nourish the life of the plant. So with the Christian; it is by the invisible union of the soul with Christ, through faith, that the spiritual life is nourished. But the stony-ground hearers depend upon self instead of Christ. They trust in their good works and good impulses, and are strong in their own righteousness. They are not strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Such a one “hath not root in himself”; for he is not connected with Christ.   

The hot summer sun, that strengthens and ripens the hardy grain, destroys that which has no depth of root. So he who “hath not root in himself,”“dureth for a while”; but “when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.” Many receive the gospel as a way of escape from suffering, rather than as a deliverance from sin. They rejoice for a season, for they think that religion will free them from difficulty and trial. While life moves smoothly with them, they may appear to be consistent Christians. But they faint beneath the fiery test of temptation. They cannot bear reproach for Christ’s sake. When the word of God points out some cherished sin, or requires self-denial or sacrifice, they are offended. It would cost them too much effort to make a radical change in their life. They look at the present inconvenience and trial, and forget the eternal realities.  

Love must be the principle of action. Love is the underlying principle of God’s government in heaven and earth, and it must be the foundation of the Christian’s character. This alone can make and keep him steadfast. This alone can enable him to withstand trial and temptation."

CSA 21