December 15, 2018 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is Amos 9:15

“I will plant them on their own soil, no more to be uprooted from their land, which I gave them,” says ADONAI your God.”

“Grow where you are planted.” I grew up hearing this principle and I’ve spent my life trying to live according to it. In my case, I didn’t get to grow very deep roots for quite a while. My family moved around while I was growing up. I attended a number of schools and churches, making new friends and attempting to keep in touch with old ones (in the pre-tech world of snail mail and long-distance phone calls.) You could say I was frequently uprooted.

It wasn’t all bad. It certainly wasn’t boring but now I’m glad to have been in the same place for 20 years and to have had an opportunity to build relationships and become more a part of my community.

This verse from Amos is a promise to the frequently displaced Children of Israel. I believe it is also a promise to all believers. I’ve moved around so much I’m not really sure what I regard as “home”, but I guess that just helps me to remember I’m a sojourner on this earth. I’m glad I will someday be planted on my own soil, no more uprooting, in my own land, His land, together with my Lord and my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Lord, help me to wisely use this time, whether I feel deeply rooted or uprooted, to fully cooperate with You in fulfilling the ministry to which You have called me. Amen.

Paula Barney

Prayer Concern: The Hollis family and others who are putting down new roots.

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