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. They are easily uprooted by the slightest wind. They have no anchor.

Their roots have never pushed much below the surface. Bottom line is...only roots grown deep into Jesus Christ help us endure times of drought in our lives. You cannot be anchored if your roots are in shallow ground.

But remember this. Unless you regularly memorize and meditate God's Word you won't grow in Christ as much as you wanted to. So take the time now to memorize and meditate His Word. 

Look, there's really no shortcut to have an intimate relationship in Christ. Investing time and effort is necessary but the returns are more than amazing. 

Ezekiel 33:31 says, "...they come unto Thee...they sit before Thee as My people, and they hear Thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness."