Day 40: Geology, Steam, and Comforting Predictability

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Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Deuteronomy 7:9

Located in Yellowstone National Park is one of the great wonders of the world; a geyser. This particular geyser that I’m talking about was most likely first found by the native tribes long before any settlers moved west following Lewis and Clark. But it was some 150 years ago when one westward expedition led by Henry Washburn gave the geyser its now famous name. 

When Washburn saw the popping and steaming geothermal features coming from the ground, that was one thing. But when the geyser would regularly, almost on a schedule, shoot a stream of water over 100 feet into the air? That’s when Henry would give the geyser the name, “Old Faithful.” And even with geological and volcanic shifts over the last 150 years, the geyser still erupts with predictability, though they are a little farther apart now than they used to be.

Tourists from all over the world come to see Old Faithful; to witness not just a geological marvel but something that has never failed. Why? Because it is so rare in this world. More times than not, stuff breaks, people let us down, we let people down. So when we get to see something so predictable in our unpredictable lives, it gives us a momentary peace and confidence in our world. But as I mentioned, Old Faithful’s eruptions are getting farther apart; everything in our world as we know it is ultimately going to end or be made new; God’s word assures it. 

What God’s word also assures is that God is God; He doesn’t change. That also means His faithfulness will not fade, grow infrequent, or ever fail. He has been faithful to keep His promises from before time began and we can be certain He will continue to be faithful into eternity. So when you are met with unfaithfulness and failure, by someone else or by your own hand, remember that there is someone more faithful than Old Faithful to a thousand generations. What confidence we can have in God!

Questions to ponder

What is the coolest natural wonder you have ever seen in person? What made it so majestic or memorable?

Think of someone you thought was faithful and then they disappointed you or broke your trust; how did that made you feel?

Remember that when others are unfaithful to us, God has experienced that from us ten trillion-fold and yet he is still faithful to forgive us. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He is faithful; who’s unfaithfulness do you need to forgive today?

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