Today’s Scripture: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3

The famous Tunnel Tree fell over. It was a big sequoia in California about 120 miles north of where I was born in 1972. I’ve walked through the huge hole in the trunk. When I was born, the tree was already about 1,000 years old. In January of 2017, a huge storm system came through with a lot of rain, and the tree fell after standing for so long. Guess what? The roots were only 3 to 4 feet deep. That’s not very deep for a tree that was 33 feet across!

What does the Bible say about the roots of a Christian? When we dig into God’s Word and then “meditate” on what it says, we are transformed. As with roots in soil, it’s a slow process. Because it is so slow, it can seem almost invisible. But over time, our roots can grow deep into God’s Word. Over time, you’ll see a major change in the life of the believer who does this.

It’s been said that people consistently overestimate what they can accomplish in a year but underestimate what they can accomplish in ten. Are you looking back over the last year and feeling like you could have done more? Don’t. Look back over the last ten and see what God has done. Consider how much more He will do in the next ten as you meditate on His Word.

The Tunnel Tree was over 1,000 years old and didn’t get roots down any deeper than four feet. If your roots go down into God’s Word a little more every year, you’ll be well grounded when the storms of life come your way – and they will. Spend intentional time reading God’s Word every day. Then spend time throughout the day thinking about what you read. That’s what will get the nutrition from the roots up to the leaves that need it. Over time, this process will produce abundant fruit. You’ll “be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” The giant sequoias will have nothing on you.

Devotional by Pastor Neil Dearyan