Though its roots grow old in the ground and its stump dies in the dry soil, at the scent of water it will flourish and put forth sprigs like a plant.
When the gardens of our lives are full of difficult weeds and ugly snakes, we have no desire to tend them. We prefer to turn our backs on a seemingly impossible job. We get lazy. Our pursuit of Christ weakens and the fruit in our garden becomes stunted and sparse. The roots of our faith get weak when we do not follow Christ with zeal.
'Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord... for this reason many among you are weak and sick' (I Corinthians 11:27,30).
Without nourishment, our spiritual and physical lives are prone to drought and disease, a.k.a. poverty and illness. Jesus is clear about the serpent's desire for our lives versus His own desire for us: 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly' (John 10:10).
Christ did not intend for us to be weak, sick, addicted, or poor. Unfortunately, many Christians accept these curses as they wait on the Golden Gates of Heaven to open.
Yet we have hope. Just by getting close to His 'living water' (John 7:38), close enough to smell it, we revive. What supernatural power! How many gardens return to life just by getting close to the water? Our God is a magnificent God. Yet we must actively invite our Lord to the scene and ask Him to uproot the weeds.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the An Axe To The Root series.