THE ROOT OF THE RIGHTEOUS(Pt.2)

“A man will not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will not be moved.”(Proverbs 12:3 NASB)

My wife has a wonderful gift as a home decorator. She is with decorations and arrangements what an artist is with a paint brush. Her eye for color,design and arrangement in a home is quite amazing. Part of her gift in home decor is her love for plants and flowers.  She has a variety of plants throughout the house. Occasionally ,because of our travel, we return home to plants that are all hung over, drooping as if they have no life.  Often, I watch my wife spring into action; going round the house watering these poor plants.  In just a little while, those sagging, wilted plants are standing upright once again. They weren’t dead after all! They simply needed nourishment!  They had survived, becoming stable once again because their root life was strong.  What is true of plants is equally true of trees.  They must have a healthy root system to remain strong and upright.  This also applies to the true believer.
THE CEDAR TREE
One of the many images from the scripture of the righteous in the land is the stately cedar tree. “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. “(Psalm 92:12 NASB)

Solomon had cedars of Lebanon placed as pillars in the temple. These were part of the Inner Court.  The tall,stately, cedar beams were admired for their beauty and stability .   The fact that Solomon had them placed as pillars “in the Inner Court” of the temple is suggestive as well.   Cedar trees are admired not only for the height in which they have grown but the quality of the tree developed over time.  For the believer, this speaks of character– who I am,consistently, over time.   Someone observed, “Behavior over time equals character”.  Who I am when no one is watching is who I am.
Stability is the hallmark of a life rooted in Yeshua (Jesus Christ). A stable life in the midst of our ever changing, fast paced culture is rare.  And, yet our personal character should be a witness to God’s life in the soul.  The apostle Paul wrote in witness to God’s grace, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. ” (1 Corinthians 15:57, 58 NASB)
THE DATE PALM
God’s desire for our life is not only stability but that our life should be fruitful.  Take the date palm tree as an example. The palm tree is not only known for its shelter from the hot
sun but it is known for it nourishment. The dates from the palm tree are both a nourishing and delicious fruit.  If your life is “hid with God in Christ”(Colossians 3:3) then you are going to be one who is a source of delight and comfort to those around you. 

When others are thirsty for the things of God they will want to be in your presence because they sense His life in you. Fruitfulness means that you are more than a container of God’s life but you are a sustainer of life for others in need.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD

And whose trust is the LORD. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream 

And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7, 8 NASB)

KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT

The Lord Jesus said,”So then, you will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:20 NASB)
We live in a synthetic age; Symbols without substance. Things are not often what they appear to be.  Therefore, Jesus teaches us the need for discernment. It is not merely the “label” on the tree. Rather we must ask,”What type of fruit does it bear?”   Paul wrote,
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:1-10 NASB)

Again, Yeshua(Jesus) said, “Bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance”(?)
We must be honest with ourselves and ask, “Does the label I wear bare witness to the fruit in my life?”. A life fully yielded to the Lord will bear the God-kind of fruit.

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