Deepening the Soul Like a Good Soy Bean Crop

Sunday is for Challenge

For four mostly wonderful years, I lived among the farmers of Iroquois County, IL. We loved our time in Watseka, IL among the corn, soybeans and winter wheat. This short story about a farmer discussing a lush soybean field and what believers in Christ can learn from it in the care of their soul is priceless. 

And for any farmers out there, thank you for all your hard work in feeding American and the world. My comments and a brief challenge follow.

Soybean crop ready for harvest————–

Neil Orchard was talking with a farmer about his soy bean and corn crops.
Rain had been abundant, and the results were evident.
So his comment surprised him: “My crops are especially vulnerable. Even a short drought could have a devastating effect.”
“Why?” Orchard asked.
He explained that while we see the frequent rains as a benefit, during that time the plants are not required to push roots deeper in search of water.
The roots remain near the surface. A drought would find the plants unprepared and quickly kill them.

Some Christians receive abundant “rains” of worship, fellowship, and teaching.
Yet when stress enters their lives, many suddenly abandon God or think him unfaithful.
Their roots have never pushed much below the surface.
Remember this, only roots grown deep into Jesus Christ help us endure times of drought in our lives.
So don’t neglect the power of memorizing and meditating Scriptures every single day.
Scripture memorization is a discipline that will help your roots to push below the surface.
Click here on a “smarter” way to begin.
Another tool to help you memorize anything.

Okay, church, let’s grow deep in the word of Christ.

Let’s immerse ourselves in the word of God so that the Spirit of God transforms us and makes us a people who “proclaims the excellencies of our God.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)

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