The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted (Psalm 104:16 ESV).
Scoop. Scoop. Scoop. You carefully dig a hole to the exact right depth. You then mix peat moss into the soil you have removed to aerate it and add key nutrients. Delicately, you place a sapling into the hole. And, last of all, you use the soil mixture you have created to cover the seedling’s roots, to steady the young tree.
Planting a tree is a labor of love. A sapling must be properly planted in order to thrive. Yet, the work does not end the moment the last clump of dirt leaves the shovel. Exactly the opposite, in fact. The planting process is only the beginning! In the days, months, and years that follow, you need to provide abundant water if the tree is going to grow and bear fruit.
God is the master Gardener. He breaks into your soul and digs out the rocky soil of your sin. Then he plants faith in Jesus there. That faith sprouts and grows into a lively trust of heart, mind, and soul.
Yet, as the master Gardener knows, this is only the beginning. The Lord must continually water what he has planted:
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:10–11 ESV).
The Word of God is life-giving water. Its truth sustains you. The falsehoods taught in the world around you cannot do that. If your faith is to thrive in the heat of temptation, you must keep on drinking deeply of God’s Word.
If you sense your faith in Jesus is stunted, if you find your soul is parched, do what any good gardener would do: check your water intake. Are you letting the life-giving Word of God flow deeply and abundantly into your heart and soul?
Drink deeply of that Word! It is the key to life and growth, both now and for all eternity.
Prayer: Lord God, I thirst for your truth, your promises, your assurance. Send your life-giving Word deep into my soul . . .
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from a book of devotions for men: Man of God: Rooted in Christ.