Scripture for Today: Colossians 2:6-7 “So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
It seems that with every report of strong winds in our area, we hear of eucalyptus trees falling and causing damage. These beautiful trees can shoot up to as much as ten feet in a year and can grow to the height of a six story building! Their root system is strong to support all that growth, if they have enough soil. Their taproots need to have at least six feet of soil to be well anchored. Without that depth they are vulnerable to wind damage.
Today’s verse talks about being rooted and built up in Christ, strengthened by our faith and characterized by thankfulness. Extending our roots into the deep soil of His strength makes us able to stand firm in any wind storm. Standing tall in the world’s eyes can be deceptive if roots are shallow. The philosophies of this world and human tradition (verse 8) make up that shallow soil. Roots have no opportunity to grow there and a strong gust of wind reveals that weakness. In contrast, the one who is strengthened by His power is rooted and established in His love (Eph. 3:17).
My root health is something no one sees but Him. I can seem strong, pray beautiful prayers and say all the right things. But when that huge gust of wind comes, I can so easily topple over. I need to be nourished by His Word and strengthened by His promises before the winds arrive. He will help me withstand them.
Lord, strengthen my roots by the power of Your Word.