My good friend, Pastor Jason Isaacs, shared a thought this morning entitled, The Power of Roots. This is so good!
The Power of Roots
2 Kings 19:29-30
“This year you will eat only what grows up by itself, and next year you will eat what springs up from that. But in the third year you will plant crops and harvest them; you will tend vineyards and eat their fruit. And you who are left in Judah, who have escaped the ravages of the siege, will put roots down in your own soil and will grow up and flourish.”
It’s always dangerous to take prophecies from the Bible that were intended for a specific people and time and apply them to our lives, so don’t read what I am writing today as a prophecy for your life or church, but I do want to use the words spoken by Isaiah to encourage pastors to “put down roots and flourish.”
I read a stat recently that 82% of megachurch pastors are over the age of 50 and have served at their church for longer than 20 years. Coincidence? I doubt it. Mark Batterson said in his book The Circle Maker, “we tend to overestimate what God can do through us in 2 years and underestimate what God can do through us in 10 years.”
Isaiah’s declaration of the future is similar to the story of most pastor’s I know who are currently seeing exponential results and fruit in their ministry. They went through years of eating “only what grey up by itself,” but after all the people left who were going to leave, and enough seed was planted in the ground, and after roots were planted deep down in the soil, the church began to grow up and flourish.
There’s no telling what God might do if you decide to stay in one place 30 years and “put down roots.” You will have to weather some storms, and pass on other opportunities that appear better than your current situation, but faithful obedience over an extended period will produce a harvest greater than you can imagine.
“But blessed are those who trust in the lord and have made the lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”