The Root

February 14, 2017

The Root

Proverbs 12:3

A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 

  As it has come to be the season where the leaves have changed their color and are falling to the ground I take stock of my own life and see that age is coming upon me, the hair is receding and the winter is before me.  As we grow older we begin to see that it is not always the outward that is permanent and beautiful, for that beauty will fade and pass away.  Even in the Christian world we see a lot of outward demonstrations of worship and religious fanfare.  All of these outward manifestations have their day and they catch the eye, but most soon fade and pass away.  Proverbs 30:31 says, “Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.”  This outward life is like the beauty of a woman.  It is vain, as is the favor of man, for it is not the outward that is the heart and soul of a substance, it is the root.  When all of the outward beauty falls from a plant and outwardly it looks cold and dead, there is still the life that remains, but it is hidden to the outward eye.  

So many Christians go through life living by the appearance of what looks good or spiritual, but the true life and tenacity of a thing is in the root.  The root is not really concerned for the outward things, the outward beauty that stems from the root comes as a natural manifestation of that which it is by nature and character, but the root is more concerned in the things which are not seen.  It is always seeking to go deeper into the ground and extend itself into new places of moisture and nutrition.  That is the description of the man and woman of God.  They aren’t nearly as concerned for the outward beauty, as they are for going deeper and more intimate in their relationship with Christ, which is their life, their source, supply and water.  Judging a person by the outward appearance is a vain and shallow thing.  In order to truly judge a thing, you must first truly know its heart and its root.  There are those in the kingdom of God today that by their outward appearance and circumstances you might consider them forsaken, barren and cursed of God.  That is because you don’t know their root.  Their roots have wrapped themselves around the very heart, life and fiber of God. They live, move and have their being out of that life.  Outwardly there may not be beauty that one would desire them and others may in fact pity them, but some of these ones have more life and reality of God than all the pretty Christians will ever know.  That is because they have come to experience and lay hold of God in the dark places, in the droughts, in the heat of the summer, the freezing of winter and the fires that have burned away the outward beauty.  There is no comeliness that you should desire them.  They are really quite similar to another root that is spoken about in Isaiah 53:2-7, “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”  

This is a day and an hour when we don’t want to be moved by what we see outwardly.  Judge a matter by its root and where its heart is.  Situations and circumstances will not move one who is firmly and deeply planted in God.  Miracles and outward manifestations and lofty words will not move them.  Even the Anti-Christ can manifest these.  Look to the heart and the root of a matter, there you will find the true revelation of what it is or what it is not.  Out of what many will have judged to be nothing will come the true oaks and trees of righteousness; the planting of the Lord.

Blessings,

#kent

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