May My Roots Go Deep

“They will be called Oaks of Righteousness,

a planting of the Lord,

a display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61: 3b.

I want to be an Oak of Righteousness.  A planting of the Lord.

May my life display even a tiny portion of his splendor!

God points out to us in Isaiah 61 what it means to be an Oak of Righteousness.  As I read this, it relates directly to our culture today.

Today, God’s Oaks of Righteousness are leading the way in their own spheres of influence in helping to reverse the tide of moral decay of our culture. They are working to strengthen our families and are sharing the love and truth of God to the people around them. They are so dedicated to God’s work that they refuse to get distracted by the mess and confusion of the world around us.

God is calling each one of us who are serious about our faith to rise up and be an Oak of Righteousness where he has planted us.

Yes – I can point fingers at politicians and lawmakers.  That’s the easy way out – the blame game.

Sure – I can get upset.  I can say all kinds of things about how bad our culture has become – complain, complain.

But what part of this do I own?

And what am I doing about it?

How often am I talking to God about it, asking him to point out my next step in making a difference?

As we obey, we become this solid planting of the Lord with our roots sunk deep into His truth.  God hates wrong-doing and injustice.  He righteously fights these battles using us when we are in line with him.

God promises that our obedience will bring us double portions of his blessing and everlasting joy.    He extends these blessings to our children (awesome) and tells us that we will be acknowledged as ‘the people the Lord has blessed’. (vs 9).

Amen, let it be so, Abba Father.

People the Lord Has Blessed

They will be called Oaks of Righteousness.July 20 2015 oaks 1

A planting of the Lord.

A display of his splendor. (vs 3)

I want to be an Oak of Righteousness.  A planting of the Lord.

May my life display even a tiny portion of his splendor!

God points out to us in Isaiah 61 the things that are keeping his Oaks of Righteousness busy.  As I read this, it relates directly to our culture today.

Have you noticed the ruins of our moral structure?

It’s hard to miss the devastation of healthy, strong family foundations.

God’s Oaks of Righteousness are leading the way in rebuilding these ruins within their own sphere of influence.  They are so dedicated to God’s work that they have taken their focus off of a lot of things that distract us every day so they pay more attention to the work God has given them.

God is calling each one of us to rise up and be this Oak within our piece of the ruins.July 20 2015 oaks 2

Yes – we can point fingers at politicians and lawmakers.  That’s the easy way out.

Sure – we can get upset.  We can say all kinds of things about how bad our culture has become.

But what part of this do we own?

And what are we doing about it?

How often are we praying about it?

As we obey, we become this solid planting of the Lord with our roots sunk deep into His truth.  God hates wrong-doing and injustice.  He righteously fights these battles using us when we are in line with him.

God promises that our obedience will bring us double portions of his blessing and everlasting joy.    He extends these blessings to our children (awesome) and tells us that we will be acknowledged as ‘the people the Lord has blessed’. (vs 9).

Amen, let it be so, Abba Father.