This spring many storms hit our area, causing widespread damage. One of the most common sights are large uprooted trees. Obviously, judging by the size of them, they’ve stood many years. Upon closer observation, I note that these fallen tree’s roots are small and shallow. They made it through many former years yet when the really hard winds blew, they couldn’t stand up.
Because I’ve noted too many friends giving up on the Christian life, these storm-casualty scenes gave me pause to examine myself spiritually. Am I really rooted in Jesus? It’s so easy to hurrah for The Lord’s side of the controversy that displays itself on our planet, when life goes along smoothly, but what about when the controversy comes close to home to roost? Not only are there multifaceted temptations out there for anyone of any age but there are the in-house factions that happen within the church walls. We suddenly find ourselves in the position of having to take sides. People whom we once trusted, we find are untrustworthy. So, do we blame it all on Christ’s name or do we realize, rightly so, that some of our roots are shallow?
Then what do we do? Do we give up on those who decide to walk away? Or to make matters worse, give up on ourselves, as well?
The book of Isaiah is described like a miniature Bible, it holds so much for a God-believer to study. One of the most profound words of wisdom from this Biblical tome is Isaiah 1:18, “Come let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white a snow, though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Reasoning is what we must do in order to resolve differences, especially that which involved spiritual issues. Without reason, we are as ships without rudders.
When reasoning fails, our duty is to march on as a Christian soldier. It may sound old-fashioned but that’s what we Christians are, servants in the Lord’s army. Being faithful to the One who is always faithful to us is the basis for true joy and peace. We mustn’t try to coerce the hand of those who turn away from Christ. Usually, those who are so inclined, are like those for whom Christ asked mercy as he hung on Calvary’s cross, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”
As long as we have breath, Christ continues cultivating us. Are we allowing Him to do so? He doesn’t force us. Thus, let us examine ourselves and ask, “Are our roots deep enough to hold when the next storm comes?”