St. Patrick’s Day is famous for more than wearing green. He was a British bishop who converted the people of Ireland to Christianity. What does the Bible say about being green?
Rev. 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from from heaven unto the earth : and to him was given the key of the bottom pit.
Rev. 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
Rev. 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Rev. 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only those men which the men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
The seal of God is the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of an overcomer. Being green is the sign of a healthy tree. Matt. 12:33 says a tree is known by his fruit. Many churches are filled with people. It does not mean they have healthy fruit. A healthy tree has healthy roots that are formed underground where no one can see them.
The Lord compares us to trees. Our roots are formed in the dark where only He can see. They grow when we spend that time alone with Him in prayer, reading the Word and in praise and worship as these are hardest on the flesh. They bring healthy spiritual fruit and makes us green.
Green – c) verdant
Verdant – d) covered with green vegetation
Good roots are formed the longer you spend alone with the Lord. So it is also with bad roots. They can form in your heart when you spend a long time in unforgiveness, fear or any other sin. Then uprooting and deliverance is needed which is a painful process. I know, for I have been uprooted and healed many times by the Lord.
The Lord knows what we need and how to bring about the healing we need with enormous patience and love. In my life, He would bring a trial that I would react to in a way that I would see what was in my heart that needed to change. Then, I would have to humbly and thankfully pray for the healing that I so desperately needed. Most of the time He was healing me of a broken heart and it was very painful. But he would always bless me at the end more than I ever deserved.
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusted in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
Jeremiah 17:8 For He shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Trust is our confidence in the Lord that comes from our relationship with Him. Rest is the evidence of faith and trust.