HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?” Job 19:28
In almost every plant it is at the root that disease begins. If ever you see even a plant in a flower-pot unhealthy, depend upon it there is something wrong at the root. It is overwatered or underwatered, or from some other cause the root has become diseased, and what is called “root-action is suspended or unhealthy.
So it is in religion: if there is anything wrong with a man, it is almost sure to be something wrong at the root. “The root of the matter,” Job said, “is found in me.” Job, could appeal unto God that the root of his religion was right. If “the root” had been wrong, “the matter” would not have been right; but as long as the root was sound, like “the teil tree” of which the prophet speaks, though “it cast its leaves, the substance would still be in it,” to put forth in due time boughs like a plant (Isa. 6:13).
How did I get here to talk about the root of the tree? What did David say in Psalm chapter one and verse 3? Simple put that “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
If a man’s religion has no root, or if the root is injured by disease, it will be sure to discover itself in his profession. He cannot have a prosperous soul–prosperous inwardly and prosperous outwardly–unless the root is deep in the soil, and unless it is full of active fibres, drawing up secret nourishment from that river the streams whereof make glad the city of God. Then he shall be “as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green, and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:8).
There are so many things that will stop us from growing in Christ. I can use one word to cover the text and that word is sin. There are some people that will not understand the message unless some attributes of sin are mentioned. Here are a few, gossip, fornication, adultery, a lying tongue, false accusers of the brethren, bearing false witness, and the list goes on and on. So I urge you to walk within your vacation wherein you were called and let God bless you in your going and coming.