What’s St. Patrick & # 39; s Day about?
This is the day you get pinched if you don't wear green. Ouch, right? So why do we choose to wear green and follow these traditions? If you know anything about St. Patrick, you know his protective prayer or his breastplate prayer. Prayer is long, but the encouragement still speaks the same message. Here is a small extract from the prayer:
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ below me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ, when I get up Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
To be thankful
The Irish see that St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. The celebrations should be about being thankful for him and grateful that his missions have helped spread the Good News message. It is also grateful that God gave His only Son to die for us so that we could live. Therefore, it is always a celebration when the gospel is preached to the lost.
In Mark 16:15, Jesus appears to the eleven disciples and commands them to “go all over the world and preach the gospel to all creation”.
Are you thankful that someone obeyed God and preached the gospel to you? I am. Without God my life would be completely different. Imagine what life would be like for you. Imagine even more what the country of Ireland would be like if the gospel were never reached there. So when you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, remember what it’s about and that’s the gospel.
And let the peace of Christ reign in your heart to which you have been called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, teach and exhort each other with all wisdom, sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and thank God to the Father through him (Colossians 3: 15-17).
St. Patrick's life was unexpected. He was taken in as a teenager while his home was robbed and shipped from the UK to Ireland. He was deliberately isolated as a shepherd for six years until he escaped. History also says that during this time he came close to God. Wouldn't you turn to God if you were in His situation?
St. Patrick's Day should be a day when you can focus on Christ yourself. So when you read his prayer, you see that the central focus is on Jesus Christ. But never rely solely on prayer alone. The Word of God is the only weapon that can defeat the enemy's lies. In Matthew 4, Jesus was brought into the desert for 40 days and nights. He had no food or water. But what he had was the Word of God himself.
Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterwards. When the tempter came to him, he said, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." But he replied and said, "It is written," Man should live not only on bread, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God "(Matthew 4: 1-4).
When we don't focus on God, we often feel abandoned and alone. I am sure St. Patrick had these feelings during his time of isolation. I am also certain that some of these emotions have overcome moments that focused on doubt and fear. When we make our situations bigger than God, we maximize fear of the enemy instead of maximizing God in the situation.
Even David in the Bible wondered why he was in the pasture for so long. He did not understand the purpose of being set aside alone and in isolation. But all the time, God had a plan and used that experience for the future of Israel.
Now you shall tell my servant David that the Lord of hosts says: “I have taken you from the pasture, followed the flock, to be ruler over my people Israel. I was with you wherever you went, and I cut off all your enemies from you. Now I will make a name for you like the greatest in the country ”(2 Samuel 7: 8-9).
You're never alone. In all situations where you feel isolated and doubtful, understand that your peace is only with God. "You will keep the spirit that depends on you in complete peace because it trusts in you" (Isaiah 26: 3).
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Rebecca Gordon has a bachelor's degree in psychology and is engaged to a wonderful man named Joseph. Your favorite season is spring because of the many flowers that it produces. She loves going to the beach, hiking and exploring new places. She loves God with all her heart and will serve him every day of her life. She has a blog site and plans to do her Masters in Biblical counseling.