Isaiah 61:3c – “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
I’ve read this verse a hundred times and I’ve always loved it! I tend to pay close attention to the first half. Isn’t it funny how you can read something over and over, and then all of a sudden God can show you something that you’ve never seen before? That’s my favorite!
The second half of this verse totally jumped out to me this time around. Maybe it’s because oak trees are my absolute favorite tree in all the land. One thing about oak trees is that their root system goes incredibly deep and vastly wide. Above ground, Oaks can be massive and strong. Their trunks are huge and their branches go so high! They can withstand quite the storm. Sure, they might lose a few branches from the wind and rain, but if the oak is healthy, it stands. However, it doesn’t stand because of its enormous trunk or large leafy branches. It stands because of its deep, wide, strong root system that keeps it grounded. An Oak tree’s roots can grow wider underground than its branches that are above ground.
We have to be grounded in the Word of the Lord, so when storms come, we stand. Yes, we might lose a branch or two, but when the storm passes, we are left standing.
The other fascinating thing about oak trees is what happens when they are planted near one another. Their roots start to grow so deep and so wide, to a point where they are literally entangled with each other and you can’t see where one trees’ roots begins and the other ends. It’s amazing! It creates this underground strength so that when a storm comes, the roots hold each other down. Ladies, we NEED each other! We have to have a community of believers to lean on so that when one of us goes through a trial, the others help her stand.
We are the planted of the Lord, rooted and grounded together in the Word.
We weren’t meant to do life alone. God loves for his children to be there for one another!
Faith is the wife of CityHope Mobile’s Campus Pastor, Josh Sullivan, and is the mom of four! She loves reading, hanging with her hubs and kids, baking and all things music!