“But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.”
Deep watering is a technique used in agriculture that encourages plants to grow deeper roots, allowing them to continue to thrive even when water is scarce for a time. Shallow roots dry up quickly, but deep roots find water deeper underground when the surface is dry and the sun is hot.
Likewise, a deep-rooted faith will stand when others fall, they will draw closer to Christ when others turn away or quit. It’s been hard for me to be away from my church for this long, even as an introvert. When I had a difficult week, I could always count on my time at church to fill me and strengthen me. Being able to worship with other believers, fellowship with those I love, and come to the altar when needed became routine for me, but my routine has been shaken.
The church is fighting an unseen war, and the enemy is using this opportunity to attack while we are weak and separated. It’s difficult to be apart from the Body, but it’s a time such as this that the Lord is using to encourage His faithful to grow deeper roots in Christ, because those with shallow roots will not survive long. You can go to church, sing and praise, fellowship and serve, but when all that is stripped away, where do you stand? Have you built your house on the Rock, or the sand?
“and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
Matthew 7:25 NKJV