Proverbs 12: I'm Leaving the Swamp
You can't find firm footing in a swamp,but life rooted in God stands firm. (Proverbs 12:3 Message)
This scripture reminds me of my writing "Build My House". I can't stress enough how important it is to have a good foundation. The reason why I chose this particular scripture for this post is because of the wording.
It says, "You can't find firm footing in a swamp". For many it seems almost too obvious that a swamp would never provide firm footing. However, in life, many are blinded by society and its ways. People try to find security in the most unstable things.
I looked up the word swamp.
Swamp: an area of low-lying, uncultivated ground where water collects; a bog or marsh
Look at the words used: low-lying, uncultivated
When you build your life on anything else BUT God, your life will match these words. No matter how things look, the inward man is living life in a swamp. You have the mansion but you're still in the swamp. You've got the relationship and the kids but you're still in the swamp.
Low-lying: at low altitude above sea level
Some of us are stuck at a level far below where God desires for us to be. Low-lying areas are prone to floods because of how close they are to sea level. I see people who are constantly being flooded with so many things because they have not let God be their rock and their foundation. They are fighting life on their own and barely surviving. They are barely above water. In fact, they are living a "Low-lying" life in the swamp.
Question: Are you living below where God has called you?
How many of us are trying to live life like everybody else because we're scared to step out from the swamp. You can become comfortable in your swamp living. However, things die in the swamp. When you see a swamp, it's not filled with flowers or a display of life. Matter of fact, it's quite the opposite.
The swamp = death. Yes. It's that straight forward. It's a position of "being stuck".
The swamp can become familiar ground.
It can become so familiar that when God calls you higher, your immediate reaction is fear. However, God is calling you higher and your life must be rooted in God.
You need to breathe. You need to come up to a place that is filled with life and potential. You need to leave swamp "nouns": people, places, and things.
Things that have left you stuck: It's time to leave them. Things that have you in "flood" situations, it's time to leave them. God is calling you higher.
We know that a swamp life is: uncultivated
Yet, what does it mean to be rooted?: established, grounded, deeply planted
Does this mean that your life will be perfect? No. However, facing life with God on your side will make you a well-planted vessel.
I'll leave you with some scriptures that remind all of us that living a God-rooted life is well worth it!
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock."
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built."