24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
Jamie and I were married at the house he already owned in New Hampshire. Before we got married, Jamie spent hours and hours pruning our lawn for our guests. He spent many days planting flowers, cutting the grass, and pulling the weeds. After we were married, it all came to a halt. Our long driveway started to fill with weeds.
Weeds are tricky. If they are not pulled up by the root, they will grow again. New weeds might change location, but they will continually sprout until they are cut off at the source. Our hearts bode many similarities to roots. Whatever sin we are struggling with will show itself again and again until it is pulled up by the root; sin must be addressed by the root of all truth, God’s word.
Our hearts need a continual pruning by the Lord, lest weeds start to sprout up. I once heard it said, that the root of all sin is unbelief. One of the deep roots of sin is unbelief. We act, not believing God for rescue. We act, not believing God’s sovereignty. We act, not believing in his faithfulness.
Lord, may you plant truth in my heart, so that I may experience growth. May you pull up any roots that have taken hold in my heart. May I replace those roots with your truth. May I start to live through the lens of your word, “Whoever believes in me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38).