The Roots of the Great Oak
What I am writing is based on the devotional, discount search Streams in the Valley and a little booklet called the Faith-rest life by R.B Thieme. It is one of the best little booklets on believing I have ever read. You can get this at no charge through R.B. Thieme Ministries (www.rbthieme.org) . It is about 60 pages, doctor well worth your reading.
“Though its roots grow old in the ground and its stump dies in the dry soil, decease at the scent of water it will flourish and bring forth boughs like a plant” Job 14:8-9
“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:14
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11: 28
Once there was an oak tree that clung to a crag on a mountainside. The wind swept its crest, and the snows and rains tore at its soil. Its roots ran along a pathway where it was constantly trampled by the feet of passersby’s. And when the rains and the snows came they forsook the tree and ran down the mountain instead, missing it altogether. Patiently and persistently the tree’s underground roots went forth in every direction to find relief. All of its power was put in a quest for water to save its life. And, by and by as time passed, it did reach a mountain-spring, the same that so easily touched the lips of every thirsty man. As the tree drank its roots became filled, then its branches and finally every twig to the very top. Over the years the tree continued in its same place; it met the same storms and was continually trodden by the same hurrying feet. But amazingly was never phased, because its link to the mountain spring was never cut, no matter the circumstance.
Should your life be any different than the great Oak? I say not! For even during your most difficult life storms or the trampling of harsh words and actions from others, God will replenish your spirit. Just keep your roots of faith moving toward Him, as this great Oak with the mountain stream.
There are but a few key roots of faith, one of those important ones is waiting on God, even when you want to strike out and make something happen. An example of this root comes from the book of Exodus when Israel was facing annihilation from an overwhelming and powerful Egyptian army. As they pled their devastating situation before the Lord, He told them to nothing…nothing at all except to wait on Him. This must have been very difficult for some of the men, who wanted to at least put up a fight before being slaughtered. But God said do nothing! And so they did nothing, waiting all through the night resting in the promise of God to save them. When the morning came, God did save them and in a miraculous way so they would never forget. All through the night He had parted the Red Sea so that they could escape in the morning. And then when the Egyptians pursued, He drown them all to the last chariot as Israel looked on. What was the key to their rescue, God of course, but also their faith which in this situation was to do nothing but rest and wait. In the shortened account recorded below, the core verse of this root of faith is Exodus 14:13 “Stand still and see the deliverance of the Lord.”
Are you feeling helpless in your situation, and seemingly nothing you do changes your circumstances? Then do nothing, but wait on the Lord. Rest in the confidence He has heard your plea, and will do what is necessary when the time is right. The hardest thing for most of us is to do is nothing when we are up against it. Yet it is one of the roots of faith God often asks us to employ. There is a saying that God helps those who help themselves. This is not in the Bible anywhere. But there is a saying in the Bible that says God helps those who wait for Him. So rest in your helplessness and let Him do His work.
Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20
Word of God
Exodus 14: 10, 13-14, 21-23, 26, 28, 30 10 As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. 13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. 14 “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. 22 The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea
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