Thursday, September 15, 2011

You Should Never Let Adversity Get You Down

Except On Your Knees

Many people see abundant spring rains as a great blessing to farmers, especially if the rains come after the plants have sprouted and are several inches tall.  What they don't realize is even a short drought can have a devastating effect on a crop of seedlings that have received too much rain.

Why?  Because during frequent rains, the young plants are not required to push their roots deeper into the soil in search of water.  If a drought occurs later, plants with shallow root systems will quickly die. 

We often receive abundance into our lives--rich fellowship, great teaching, thorough "soakings" of spiritual blessings.  Yet, when stress or tragedy enters our lives, we may find ourselves thinking God has abandoned us or is unfaithful.  The fact is, we have allowed the "easiness" of our lives to keep us from pushing our spiritual roots deeper.  We have allowed others to spoon feed us, rather than to develop our own deep personal relationship with God through prayer and study on His Word.

Only the deeply rooted are able to endure hard times without wilting.  The best advice is to enjoy the "rain" while seeking to grow even closer to Him.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life , nor angels, nor principalities, not powers, nor things present, nor things to come shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38,39

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