One minute we seem to be all about Jesus, and the next minute we have changed our focus. Sometimes this means that we are not deeply rooted, or not rooted at all. When things are going well or when God is at the forefront of our lives, we are all about worshiping God and serving His people. We are attending church on Sunday and perhaps even interacting with a Bible study group. But then something happens. Boom. Something shakes our world and oh how quickly we do an about face. We change direction. It’s as if we are a different person. What happened to the way we were living? What happened to our focus on God?
It is important for us be deeply rooted in Christ, to have a strong foundation that will stay standing despite any circumstances that will come our way. Yes, we will falter from time to time; however, we should not sway every time to wind blows. Focus on your roots. Study the Word. Hear the Word. Spend time with fellow believers. Pray daily. Do whatever you can to be closer to God. Allow your eyes to be fixed on God. Understand that the moment will come when your world will be shaken. Hold on tight and keep pressing forward.
“At the end of the forty days and nights, the LORD handed me the two stone tablets inscribed with the words of the covenant. Then the LORD said to me, ‘Get up! Go down immediately, for the people you brought out of Egypt have corrupted themselves. How quickly they have turned away from the way I commanded them to live! They have melted gold and made an idol for themselves!’” – Deuteronomy 9:11-12 [NLT]
As winter comes through our area, the water is beginning to freeze into ice. It is always an unpleasant sight for me, because I’m not too fond of winter. However, with this change, I understand that the ice will thaw in the springtime and once again the water will flow.
The funny thing about water is that there is this constant changing occurring all of the time. The water changes direction. The water changes temperature. The water gets dirty. The water gets purified. The water freezes. I think you get the point.
We are a lot like water. We often change directions and we often have temperature changes. We can look at that as changes in our actual numerical temperature or as our mood changes.
One thing for certain is that God does not change; however, He wants us to change. He made each one of us with a special purpose, and He is by our side to help us each reach that goal. We are challenged to change direction, and we are encouraged to get purified.
Perhaps we will have moments when it seems like we are frozen as ice, like we are stuck in a present situation. Remember, the ice eventually changes as God’s creation works around the ice to melt it back to water. A present situation is just that, a present situation. Nothing stays the same except for God. Keep pressing forward and watch as God melts the ice in your life.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” -Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]