Text: Galatians 6; 2 Kings 19-20
As King Hezekiah of Judah faces being besieged by the Assyrian army, he seeks out the prophet, Isaiah. Speaking the Word of God, Isaiah tells Hezekiah that all will be well – both as regards the immediate threat but also in the long run.
And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. (2 Kings 19:30).
In this time of year when people are picking peaches and enjoying sweet corn, the picture of God’s abundance makes great sense. God’s people take root “downward” and bear fruit “upward.” So, how deep are our roots – in the Lord Jesus, in the Word of God? Are we “rooted and established in love” (Ephesians 3:17)? And ow about our fruit? Are our lives bringing forth results for the Kingdom above? Is the fruit of our lives delightful like fresh fruit or corn on the cob? As we are challenged by these words, a final note. These are words of promise more than of commandment – of expectation rather than obligation. How exciting!
in Him, Mike