The tallest tree in the world is as good as dead without water. In the same way, the strongest Christian is nothing more than a spiritual midget without the Word of God.

Consider the difference between a mighty oak tree and a stalk of dried straw: The oak tree has strong roots which run deep into the ground. The roots allow it to pump water to all its branches. On top of that, the oak tree has a thick trunk. When the wind blows, it’s definitely not going to move. But the stalk of dried straw has no roots. Its stem is fragile and weak. The first gust of wind will carry it away.

This is the key difference between a thriving Christian and a weak Christian. One has planted himself in the Word of God, and the other has cut himself off from this source of life and strength. The first Christian is going to be fruitful and happy, while the other will be fruitless and miserable. Today’s Scripture passage shows us that the thriving Christian takes pleasure in the nourishment he receives from God’s Word. The fruit of his spiritual discipline will be visible for all to see. What kind of Christian do you want to be?

The difference between your spiritual success and failure depends on whether or not you have roots planted in the Word. This is completely up to you. You may walk with the ungodly, stand with the sinner, or sit with the scorner, or you can take pleasure in the Word of God, so that it affects the way you think and act. But don’t expect to bear fruit without a root.

The income of God’s Word is the outcome of a changed life. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder