Have you ever looked at someone and their appearance alone seems as if they had it all together? I’m not speaking monetarily; there is a quiet confidence about them. Their smile seems genuine, their appearance is clean, their children demonstrate proper etiquette and they just seem to have it together and well-kept. In other words, this person appears to be grounded.
Being grounded is someone who is mentally and physically stable and has an understanding of the things that are most important in life.
The word of God speaks on being grounded.
“if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.” Colossians 1:23 NKJV
Let’s be honest. We all want to have…
- Successful relationships (parental, marital, corporate)
- Success on our job
- Peace and joy
- A healthy mind and body
But what happens if it doesn’t happen right away? What about when the healing doesn’t happen the way we hoped, or when the relationship fails, or when we get laid off from the job? Then we become discouraged and we give up, ultimately blaming God.
Being grounded in your faith is the key to having a REAL relationship with Jesus. We sing, shout, and dance all over the church. We get so excited about the “fruit” of God’s goodness, but has our faith really taken root and been grounded?
When planting seeds that will produce fruits and vegetables in a garden, you have to take care of the ground. The seeds have to be watered to take root and the tree or bush or vine as to grow before the fruit begins to appear. You cannot produce fruit without root.
It takes time to grow a garden and to continue to reap an annual harvest of what was sown. Every year will not produce the same harvest. There are outside factors such as the weather, along with laboring that is consistently put into cultivating and nurturing your garden. Whelp, in order to produce the fruit we want to see, we must spiritually lay the foundation of faith through consistency and growth. We have to be grounded and rooted. Although we may not annually reap the harvest we expect, we don’t quit. There may be a season of drought and your harvest becomes dry. Don’t quit. Adjust! Just as storms make trees take deeper roots, the storms in your life arise to help settle and establish you in your faith and trust in our Father, come what may. Continue to water your faith through the word and wait patiently for the harvest. What are you connected to? That’s what you become like. If you are connected to lies, you become a lie. If you’re connected to gossip, you become a garbage can. Connect to the true vine, take root in His word and become a branch of righteousness.
“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalms 27:14 NKJV