Rest in What Brings Life

This is the fifth and final day in the weeklong series Cultivating Deep Roots. Find yesterday’s post here.

Blessed is the one 
who does not walk in step with the wicked 
or stand in the way that sinners take 
or sit in the company of mockers, 
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, 
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree
planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither —
whatever they do prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3, NIV

The Lord causes His children to flourish when they are rooted and resting in Him (vs. 3). A tree doesn’t strain toward a water hole. It simply rests where God has caused it to spring to life. A tree yields fruit not because it is somehow dousing itself with fertilizer. It simply rests in the good things God provides for its growth. A tree isn’t adding a flower preserver to the stream to extend its life. It simply rests in the Creator’s ability to sustain life. A tree doesn’t point at itself with the prideful words, “Look at me. See how beautiful I am. See all the things I did to get to this place in life.” It simply rests in knowing that whatever it has become was because God was at work. Are you finding ways to rest in the Lord?

In the coming weeks, UFC Women is going to look at the gift of Sabbath rest, which is a gift from God that gives us strength to do His good work. If you haven’t signed up yet, we hope you’ll do so before Monday, January 11, when our study begins with a weekly teaching link, study prompts, and posts here at Click here to register.