Cannot be shaken!
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“A man cannot be established through wickedness,
but the righteous cannot be uprooted.”
Proverbs 12:3 New International Version
My neighbor, Gary, has a beautiful grove of strong, tall, proud oak trees. These magnificent white oaks have withstood many storms over many years.
But a few days ago we had a violent storm come through our part of Oregon. And down came one of the biggest trees, split and uprooted where it had once stood. What had seemed so indestructible now lay broken on the ground.
The Scripture above warns you and me that the wicked are like that great oak, strong and proud and seemingly invincible. But those who choose to live without God, who despise His ways, will not stand. They will be destroyed and will not stand in the day of judgment.
But take heart! Those planted into God’s Word and with their roots in the Word made Flesh, will prosper. Though storms will come and suffering and grief will test them, those who delight in the law of the Lord (Psalm 1:2) will live forever. Our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered sin and death and by faith we are connected with Him, securely attached to the Rock that will not move.
You and I are tempted to put our trust in other things besides Christ. Like the false prophets of old, many offer “peace and safety” in the false gods of this world, gods of Money and Power and Fame. But do not put your trust in them or in anyone except the Prince of true Peace! Come what may, those planted in God’s Word and His promises will live forever. You will never be uprooted!
Dear Lord Jesus, I place my trust in You alone. Thank You for Your protection and promises. Amen.
“… When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me.”
Text and Picture Copyright Steve Nickodemus