I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend…
This time of year the wild flowers are blooming adding color to the landscape. Many wild flowers actually have the ability to also add richness to the soil, making it more fertile. The grace of God has that affect in our lives: it changes an otherwise drab existence into one of vibrant hope.
The Apostle used two illustrations to help us understand the central role the love of God is to play in our lives. The first related to agriculture: “being rooted.” Just as a plant needs to be rooted in healthy soil, so we need to good soil of the love of God for our nurture and maturity. You can tell children who do not come from homes where love is secure; they show it on their faces, in their mannerisms, and in the common expression of their insecurities. How different are children from homes where they are rooted in the love of their parents; they show just the opposite – confidence and security in life.
But we are to be rooted in God’s love, not just the love of family or community, as helpful as these are. A plant must remain in the soil to be rooted; it must send its roots searching for the nutrients and this takes time. Christian growth also takes time with God, meditating on His truth, fellowshipping with Him in prayer, trusting in the reality of His love. And like a plant it is beneath the surface, unseen by others but essential to our growth.
The second illustration was about a building: “firmly established.” Again he was writing about the part of our lives that is below the surface, our hearts, our faith, our thoughts, our values, and our meditations. The foundation determines the height of the building, just as the root structure determines the sturdiness and health of the plant. When we go through times of discouragement we have failed to comprehend the greatness and the security of the love of God.
When discouragement comes return to the cross and to the Christ. Speak with His Spirit, meditate on His word, and spend time with Him. The healthy soil of His love will begin to surround the root structure of your life giving you the freedom to grow into Christ-likeness. Fears can be put aside when there is love, for “perfect love drives our fear” (1 John 4:18).
Lord, ground us in Your truth and in the reality of Your love. Let us throw aside every obstacle and distraction from You. Amen.