Read: Proverbs 12
Key Verses: Proverbs 12:3. “A man will not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will not be moved.”
Devotional: If you own a home then you’ve likely experienced the wonderful world of clogged sewer lines due to tree roots. We’ve lived in our house for over 15 years and we’ve dealt with this on multiple occasions. It’s the worst! Why is it that clogged sewer lines always seem to happen late at night after a long day of working and running errands. It never seems to happen in the morning when you’re fresh and ready to tackle the day right? If you’ve dealt with these awful roots of death then you’ve also likely experienced an even worse feeling of having to “call the man”. You may call him the:
If you’ve had to make that call then you know the feeling of being held hostage. They know that you’re in a bind. Your toilet is clogged and you have no option but to pay whatever they ask for and since it generally happens at night, you’re now stuck paying the “after hours” rate.
Perhaps like me you’re stuck into calling “the Man” because your knowledge of how to clear the roots is rather limited. I just don’t have those kinds of tools. While my knowledge of root clearing is limited what I do know is that most trees have really deep roots that spread both out and down from the base of the tree. A mature tree's roots can spread 2-3 times the diameter of the tree’s crown or canopy, so a tree that's 30 feet tall can have roots that reach out anywhere from 60 to 90 feet from the trunk. That’s crazy to think about. A tree in my yard could be clogging someone else’s pipes two doors down. Can that be proved? I’d hate to get stuck with someone else’s plumbing bill. Yikes.
Roots are a powerful force. Not only can they cause tremendous destruction, they can also provide unbelievable strength. Trees that look as though they should tumble over in the midst of heavy sustained wind manage to hang on because of the power of those rascally roots.
The writer of Proverbs talk about the power of roots in verse three of chapter twelve. Verse three says, “A man will not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will not be moved.” Think for a minute about all of the ways that you and I attempt to establish ourselves: money, security, physical prowess, status, looks, education. I won’t throw these things into the category of wickedness but we drop the ball when we classify these things in the same category as righteousness. Nothing will hold you more secure than righteousness. The righteous will not be moved. The righteous will endure the storm. The righteous will brave the elements of life and come out stronger on the other side. When the storms of life hit and our bank accounts dwindle, our beauty fades and our friends abandon us, will you remain? How are you establishing yourself? Are you rooted in the things of God?
Take Action: How are you currently seeking to establish yourself? Status? Promotions? Size of house, bank account, social media subscribers? If a massive storm were to strike your life tomorrow would you be able to endure? What changes need to be made for you to tap into the root system of God?
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