WORD | Oak Tree | Taylor Ford
Get a picture of an Oak Tree in your mind today. In our culture, it is often a symbol of strength, resistance, and wisdom. Oak Trees last for hundreds of years and have large root systems, even when their leaves are gone they can withstand tornado type wind storms.
We all desire oak tree like faith, where our roots of faith go deep. Where we are strong and can withstand the wind storms of life. How do we do this? I Believe that this happens when we have the Word of God planted into our lives.
The Bible says that the Word of God is like a “seed.” It gets planted into our souls and then over time as it watered it begins to grow up in us. Eventually that seed of the Word of God is something of an oak tree of faith within us.
Taking scripture down to the heart level often takes some persistence. It takes space everyday to allow the word to not only impact us intellectually, but to allow for the Spirit to change our hearts. Not only does it take space, it takes some experience. When we go through things in life the word finds meaning and strength for our souls to get us through.
One challenge this week – when is the last time you memorized a passage of scripture? It doesn’t have to be a lengthy passage, but something you can hold on to in time of need. When challenges come and you need the Word for encouragement, when its “hidden” in your heart God will bring it to your mind.
Our faith remains strong and is not shaken when we have the words of God in our deepening our faith roots daily.
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God. – 1 Peter 1:23-25
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalms 119:11