Wisdom of Solomon B#12

February 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 12:3
A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the
root of the righteous shall not be moved.

 I have found some facts on the roots of trees from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root


  • The two major functions of roots are:
      • 1) absorption of water and inorganic nutrients and
      • 2) anchoring of the plant body to the ground.
  • Roots will generally grow in any direction where the correct environment of air, mineral nutrients and water exists to meet the plant’s needs.
  • Over time, given the right conditions, roots can crack foundations, snap water lines, and lift sidewalks. 
  • A true root system consists of a primary root and secondary roots (or lateral roots).
  • Some roots can grow as deep as the tree is high. 
  • The deepest roots are generally found in deserts and temperate coniferous forests; the shallowest in tundra, boreal forest and temperate grasslands. 
  • Tree roots normally grow outward to about three times the branch spread.


Jesus and the Apostle Paul had both something to say about the roots of people.

Jesus said, “Those … are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.” (Luke 8:13)

  •  Every person is rooted in either a particular faith, belief(s), culture, and way of life, mindsets or relationship(s).
  • It is from that (rooted) place where we receive nurturing, love, care, acceptance, and from where we grow into who we are.
  • If there was/is a lack of the essential “nutrients, air and water”, our  much needed support and anchorage system (roots) is weakened.

The Apostle Paul described it in this way, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Col 2:6-7 NIV)


He continued with this warning, “See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ.” (Col 2:8 AMP)

May we be rooted in Christ. (Col 2:6)

May we be strengthened with might by His Spirit. (Eph 3:16)

 May Christ dwell in our hearts by faith so that we will be grounded and established in His unconditional love. (Eph 3:17)

Proverbs 12:3
A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the
root of the righteous shall not be moved.