“A Wee Thought” about Ireland

10 Short Days and God’s Fingerprints

As I look back on my ten short days in Ireland and Northern Ireland, I can’t help but to compare the amount of vast untouched beauty the island holds to the amount of structure and intricacy that the people have brought to the land.  The larger cities were full of people from all over the world and structures (like the Spire), which I’ve never seen before. The smaller towns were full of character and a unity I haven’t seen in a long time, and nature was just that: natural, green, and full of God’s fingerprints.

Finite Religion vs. Intimacy with the Infinite

Not all man-made structure is beneficial to society though, and religion is one of those constructs. It seemed that people in both Dublin and Belfast, though open to conversations about God, had no real grasp on the character and love God has for them because of the religious concepts they were taught growing up.
Maybe as a subconscious way of countering that attitude, the prevailing thought amongst the team in our devotional times was the intimacy that our relationship in Christ can be filled with. Paul describes Him as the bridegroom and us as the bride in Ephesians, referencing marriage as the most intimate relationship humans can comprehend while on the Earth. In 1 Corinthians 6:17, we are joined unto the Lord as one spirit.
Religion is a trap we set for God that we always get caught up in ourselves.  It’s an easy way to put finite brackets around an infinite God. But in Psalm 91:3, the psalmist tells us that God will surely deliver us from the snare of the fowler (even if we are the fowler).  He’s waiting to show people caught in religion just how intimate He can be in their lives. He is waiting to give them mercy in Proverbs 28:13 and Jeremiah 3:13-16, to convince them they are the children of promise in Galatians 4:31, and to fill their longing hearts with love in Romans 5:5.

Who will guide the lost?

So, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and every saint belonging to the Body of Christ, I’ll leave you with one provoking question to see if God stirs your heart (I pose this question to myself as well).  How can men and women of Ireland and Northern Ireland understand the true nature and character of God and what they read about Him unless someone should guide them?  Lost people desire that you would come up and sit with them in Acts 8:31, so what are you waiting for?
by Mat Gehret, student of MBCS
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  1. Reply
    Liam Barr says

    I meet your team while they visited my church (fellowship) Derry Donegal Christian Fellowship. I would also help out with New Life Christian Outreach who have an upper room in the City center where they pray for the lost in our City after prayer and some fellowship people there will crab a handfull of christian tracts or a bag full. They go out onto the streets gaving the Derry people or anyone the good news The Gospel (Praise the Lord).I believe there is going to be a revival here we have seen several new church’s opening up here, they maybe different names but there is only ONE CHURCH and Jesus Christ is the leader.
    I think you were looking at somewhere for your church all i can say to you if God directs you here and you decide to come there’s plenty of brother’s and sister’s who would help. I will pray for you as i do for other’s in the USA, Word Missionary Press, Times Square Church, and a good friend who goes back and forth.
    God Bless you all.

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    Gary Groenewold says

    Liam, what a country you live in. I was completely blessed by your church. I kept the notes form the message the speaker had from his messages on suffering with patience. Let’s pray for church plants in Northern Ireland.

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    Marjorie Swingle says

    Our team was overwhelmed not only by the beauty of Ireland, but by the hearts of the people, so gentle and hospitable and easy to talk to. We long to return, and speak about our wonderful Savior and the gift of salvation for anyone
    Who wants to receive it.

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