December 1st – Growing Down

Difficulty is as a brick, without which there would be no wall, no fortress. The strain of today brings strength for all tomorrows. I do not grant My children leave from those things that bring favor. It is in the drought where the deepest roots grow to make strong the tree. Such a tree fears no more, and bears fruit even as the next drought comes. The parched above brings deep the roots to plentiful springs the world above cannot understand. The earth will continue to sour; its lands will dry as its people devour all that is not of God. The nourishment of the rain will cease, but the unseen spring will burst forth life through those who reach deeply for it. They will know Me and be refreshed. I shall conquer their thirst, and they will bear fruit abundantly. Even in the great drought there will be fruit, for the Lord provides for His children, but those loyal to the rain, but not of the Rainmaker, will cease. They shall run from the trials, and will not call My Name. Their shallow roots broken off, and so in time their boughs. Do not shun the hardship, for the weight carries you closer to He who suffered greatly and redeemed all things. Reach deeper for the Spring of Life, and you shall find new growth bursting forth amidst the desert.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (ESV) – “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
  He is like a tree planted by water,
    that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
    for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
    for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

John 16:33 (ESV) – “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Bottom Line:  Nothing seems to go as planned, and most of the time it is not easier than we thought it would be!  We wonder why God just doesn’t make it simpler for us. Why the constant difficulties? Why the struggles? The answer – He wants us to draw closer to Him. Honestly, how often do we do this when all is going well?  In contrast, how much more likely will we go to Him when we are in trouble and out of options? The truth is, suffering brings us closer to God far quicker than abundance and peace. Hardships at work or with our family, with finances or health, if we handle them right, should bring us closer to the God who gave us our work, family, finances and health. Of course we could let the hardships harden our heart toward God, as many do, but God’s will in our hardship is that we would turn and seek His face, growing closer to Him through the drought. The end goal is that one day, with roots far stronger than anyone can see, with nourishment that only a true Christian can have, we would bear fruit in season and out, that no one can understand.

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