“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers—Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (MSG)
Your core muscles, in the middle part of your body, bring stability to your whole body. They work to keep you standing upright, help you when you need to bend over, and keep all of your organs in place. Whether or not you can see them from the outside, they are working to help your body remain in balance.
You also have “core” muscles that keep you on track spiritually. These core muscles could also be known as roots. In order to maintain great stability, your roots have to run deep. Jeremiah said that the person who trusts God puts down roots near rivers. If you take a hike through a forest and come to a river, you will find that all the trees around the river are budding with life. They are closely connected to their source of hydration. When we plant our roots, are we planting ourselves firmly by trusting God? When we are closest to the source of life, we will experience the rejuvenation that comes from a life-giving relationship. Although it would seem silly for a tree to uproot itself and go plant its roots in the desert, it’s easy for us to plant our roots in the latest fads or circumstances. Sometimes, we have to “replant” our lives in the Word of God. There is a blessing and sustaining power that is available to the person trusting in God. So, before you plant yourself in a dry and barren land, reconsider. Plant deep roots in God’s Word and allow Him to nourish and sustain you.
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