Taproot of life

By Dave Henning / August 15, 2016

“The taproot of life- our relationship with Jesus Christ- remains the silent, unseen, and yet essential source of what makes life really matter.”- Dr. Wayne Stiles

As Dr. Stiles continues Chapter 5 of Waiting on God, he observes that no one likes to be forgotten.  That’s because we feel being forgotten underscores our irrelevance.  As a result of those intense moments of loneliness and confusion , we request on basic thing from God- relief!

However, when significant periods of time go by with no sign that God sees us as valuable, pain reaches deep down to our soul.  Yet Noah, Moses, David, and even Jesus waited on God.  As they waited, God prepared them for their ultimate purpose.  God accomplished this by taking them on a journey they definitely preferred to avoid.

Therefore, Wayne emphasizes, “God’s ultimate plans for us include preparation and waiting.”  Consequently, how do we move from the daily grind of life into fulfillment?  One way involves understanding the responsibility inherent in our God-given talents, as Dr. Stiles explains:

“I do believe a gift represents a responsibility, especially a spiritual gift.  But God gives talents and gifts not for us as individuals, but for the edification of the church and for his glory. . . . No talent is a substitute for the clear will of God.”

While we view setting-aside as a hindrance to progress, God sees waiting as essential to our development.

Today’s question: How do you nourish and strengthen your faith taproot?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Faithfulness in obscurity”

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