That’s how many days are left in 2021. 2592 hours, 155520 minutes.
I have a feeling that some months took the short cut and that’s why we are already in September. As I thought about what to write for this week, I came across a post I had shared in January. It’s amazing to look back now to that post and see how relevant that word was and how much I would need that word throughout 2021.
I shared a verse that I had come across during Bible Study. Mark 4:17 says,
“And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.”
“when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word” grabbed my attention as I studied this passage of scripture. The troubles came because of the Word that was at first received with joy. That joy was short-lived however because there was no root, just the illusion of one.
I wrote in that post that the enemy will always try to challenge or choke the Word of God in our life. He will use the age-old strategies he first revealed in his conversation with our sister Eve in the Garden. “Did God really say . . .?”
The parable of the soil shows us different soils and different strategies, the only soil that was able to withstand and produce results was the “good soil”. The ones who heard Word, accepted it and went on and bore fruit. There was a good root system there that allowed them to endure the troubles.
When there is a good root system, we don’t have to fear what’s happening up top. It may not be looking good, troubles may be surrounding us but if we are deeply rooted in the Word we will be able to endure.
Pay much closer attention
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1 ESV
More than ever, we must pay much closer attention to the Word, it is our anchor, our mooring that keeps us from slowly drifting away in the tumultuous current of life. The troubles, cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things will choke the Word if we don’t pay attention and it will only be a matter of time before we start drifting.
In an earlier blog post, Well-Watered Woman I shared a verse from Jeremiah that shows us that when our hope and confident expectation is in the Lord, we are nourished like a tree by the waters, spreading out roots by the river.
“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord And whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.“For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters, That spreads out its roots by the river; . . .” Jeremiah 17:7-8
Let us examine our roots and make sure that we are sinking deep into the truth of God’s Word. That is the only way we will be able to flourish and endure despite our circumstances.