I’ve had seasons of my life when I’ve felt disconnected from God. Maybe I’m doing things my way or easily distracted by anything other than talking to God and reading his Word.
It can be challenging to stay rooted and grounded in the Word of God during difficult times. The world seems so much louder and more appealing at times than the still, small voice of God. However, there are ways to stay rooted and grounded in Him no matter what life throws your way.
What does rooted and grounded in God’s Word mean?
To be rooted means “establish deeply and firmly.” To be grounded means “well balanced and sensible.” So to be rooted and grounded in God’s Word means having a firm foundation in His Word.
The best way I’ve found to stay rooted and grounded in the Word of God is to immerse myself in those who love God and the Bible. I’ve joined more than one Bible study at more than one church during difficult seasons in my life. I’m filling my ears and mind with the positivity of God and not with the negative noise of the world.
What are some practices You can do to stay grounded?
- Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Meditate on Scripture day and night (Psalm 1:2)
- Go to church regularly and plug into a small group or Bible study
- Read Christian books and blogs that lighten the soul
- Listen to worship music and Christian podcasts
- Fellowship with other believers
When we are grounded in the Word of God, we can withstand anything that comes our way because of our firm foundation. We are not shaken by the trials and tribulations of this world. Instead, we are rooted and grounded in His love. (Ephesians 3:17)
What happens when we are not connected to God?
When we are not rooted and grounded in the Word of God, we can easily be blown around by life. We become like a leaf in the wind, tossed to and fro by every little thing. As a result, we may find ourselves chasing after things that don’t matter or get caught up in sin and become enslaved by it.
Some other things that happen are:
- We can quickly become discouraged
- We can become proud and think we know it all
- We can get wrapped up in our own lives and forget about God
- We may find ourselves living in fear instead of faith
When we stand rooted in the Word of God, we can be firm and resist the enemy.
The fruit of our life indicates our current closeness to God. This means our life will not bear much fruit when we are not rooted and grounded in the Word of God. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
When we are not rooted and grounded in the Word of God, we may find that our life is lacking in this fruit. We may be quick to anger, easily annoyed, or irritated. We may struggle with depression, anxiety, or fear. We may be impatient, unkind, or unfaithful.
However, when we ground ourselves in the Word of God, we will bear fruit in our life that reflects His character.
What are some Scriptures about being rooted and grounded in God and his Word?
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16
What is a grounding prayer to pray?
Lord, thank you for your Word. Thank you that it is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. I pray that I would be rooted and grounded in Your Word, that it would dwell in me richly. I pray I would be built up in You and have a firm foundation. Help me to overflow with thankfulness and to live according to Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.