Colossians 2:7 “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
While Christians are going to experience both hills and valleys in their life, as David did, it is not necessary to be hurt by them. Instead, like Job, the trials of life can be used to influence and strengthen our lives, so that ultimately we come forth as gold for His glory.
The above Bible verse, spoken by Paul, reveals God’s general will for every believer. God desires that every one of His children be “stablished in the faith.” This means unshaken by the events we meet with day to day.
As we look at the Lord Jesus and how He acted and reacted to the things He met with daily, we see a steady life. He was calm in heart and mind and unruffled by most things. He was, however, often angry with unbelief, because it would not allow Him to work.
When unbelief exists in our own lives it prevents Christ and the Holy Spirit from giving us the fruit of the Spirit spoken of in Galatians 5:22,23. Those verses tell us: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Apart from His Spirit, the opposite characteristics will often be seen: anger, impatience, easily irritated, etc.
The way we become stabilized in Christ is by drawing deeply on the resources Christ provides. This involves becoming “rooted and built up in him.” When “rooted” in Christ, it means we have our roots deep in Him and are constantly drawing from Him His comfort, grace, power, joy, vision, and more. We put our roots in Christ deeply by being daily in the Word, fellowshipping regularly with other strong believers, praying, witnessing, and more.
A tree with deep roots is not easily blown down by storms. It can withstand it. It also is not easily hurt by drought, because its roots find those deeper springs.
Being established in Christ often begins with following what you were taught earlier: “as ye have been taught,” Paul said. Where were you taught these things that will establish your spiritual walk with God? Most likely in Church. Be faithful there.
Paul mentions one more thing about being established in Christ. Those who are don’t need to be told this because they already know: “abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Christians who are solid in faith are thankful people, and they know very well Who it is that blesses them.