No one is established by wickedness,
but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
No one is established by wickedness because the soil of such a heart is too poor to sustain strong roots. The soil is rocky and prevents roots from burrowing deep; it is barren of nutrients that feed the roots; it is infested with weeds and thorns that choke whatever may be lasting. Thus, though the wicked may appear to be established; though they may appear to grow quickly, they will wither or be plucked. God sees them and he will pluck them easily from the harvest.
The root of the righteous, on the other hand, grow deep because of fertile clean soil. They are fed with the water of the Holy Spirit; they feed upon the nutrients of God’s Word. They are tended by the Good Gardener, who protects them from blight and pests. Thus, they grow strong and fruitful.
How is your prayer life? Your study of God’s Word? Your fellowship with God’s people? These things are meant to nurture your spiritual roots. Now that you are planted in Christ by Christ, all the more give attention to the means he has provided for your growth in him.
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