Theological Thursday: Part 2 October 26th

Welcome back to Theological Thursdays on Basically, Britain! If you missed last week and this is the kind of thing you are into, Part 1, was an enjoyable piece to study and write.

Old Faithful.

Old Faithful is a geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming- a highly predictable geyser. It has not missed a “scheduled” or predicted eruption since the year 2000 (and it has a history of being pretty regularly scheduled long before that too!). Old Faithful erupts every 61-91 minutes- the time frame is calculated based on the length of the previous eruption. If you go to Yellowstone and spend any time there at all, you are pretty much guaranteed to be there for an Old Faithful eruption.

Just as Old Faithful is pretty much guaranteed to erupt, there are Old Faithful scriptures that are pretty much guaranteed to always be relevant in life. (That is not to say that the Bible is not always relevant, because it is.) It seems to me that everyone has an Old Faithful scripture that never ceases to touch their life and amaze.  Of course, everyone’s Old Faithful doesn’t have to come from the list I will provide today. Old Faithful is a term only you can put to the scriptures that always pertain to you and the happenings in your life. God will speak and move. Through many scriptures he will speak and move, Just because he regularly speaks and moves in me through Hebrews 11, does not mean that he will regularly speak and move in you through Hebrews 11. Ultimately, he will speak and move wherever you give him the chance. If you are spending a lot of your time in the New Testament, chances are, he will speak through the New Testament at some point.

A lot of the Old Faithful scriptures tend to be your regular Sunday school memory verses. There is a reason those are taught to children in Sunday School- and intended for memory. They are important; They are relevant; and they tend to be easy reading- while still providing some of the most important lessons for life that one could obtain. The scriptures that are memorized are the ones that will get quoted; the ones that will pop into your head when you may not even know you need them; the ones that will comfort you, when your Bible may not be readily available.

Some examples of common Old Faithful‘s are:

John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in him, may not parish, but have eternal life. 

Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

1 Corinthians 13: 4 through 8- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, the will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

Isaiah 41:10- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Proverbs 3: 5 and 6- Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. 

Joshua 1:9- Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. 

Philippians 4:6- Do not be anxious about anything, but in ever situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

2 Corinthians 5:17- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

and my own personal Old Faithful:

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1

This verse seems to be a single definition of faith. Faith, which is the word for the strong belief in a religion, is also a worldly concept. Faith is believing in something, even when there is room for doubt. It is the opposite of “see it to believe it”. Having faith is a common concept, that a lot of life is based on. This morning, I had faith that even though I added PH increaser to the pool yesterday, and the PH was high last night, that it would be in range this morning. I had every reason to believe that my morning was going to be a long a difficult process of trying to lower the PH in the pool. It was at an 8.29 at closing last night, and I had only put the increaser in at 4pm, so it would most likely continue working long into the night- but I had faith that it would work out. I had faith that I did not screw it up- and that was not easy. Faith is not always the easy route. Sometimes, a lot of times, you have to work to have faith. Last night I was really worried and discouraged that I had messed it up and that it would be very difficult to get it back, but once I prayed about it, I gained some faith in myself and my actions. Yesterday the PH was at a 6.89, which is really acidic for a pool. The PH should range between 7.1 and 7.8 (With 7.3 being the most ideal, as the water is at its clearest and bluest, and hurts eyes the least). I had to do something about it. Last night, my evening guard texted me that the PH was at 8.29, which is far too alkaline/basic. We don’t have muriatic acid easily accessible, so I was quite concerned, pre-faith.  Once, I actively worked in myself to have faith, I began to accept that I made the right decision and that everything would work out.

I came in this morning and the PH was, not only in range, but at a 7.34.

I know that is a pretty small thing, especially compared to having faith in situations that can affect each aspect of life. It is minute compared to that, but it is an exercise in basic faith.

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. – Hebrews 11:3

That is faith on a much larger scale. Something being created out of nothing, is not exactly a concept that the brain grasps easily, but as I said, having faith is something you actively choose to do, it is not often maintained instinctively.

In my search of some of the common, real life, Old Faithful verses, I asked my boyfriend, Cory, what he would say his old faithful  scriptures are. He mentions 3 at first- Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 3:5, and Philippians 4:13- Which of course only solidified my original list above. When I told him that I already had those, I was in the process of telling him that it is okay, because it just made my list that much stronger, he sent me one last mention. Romans 8:28.

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.- Romans 8:28

I didn’t know this one off the top of my head, and I am not sure that it has ever even stood out to me before. In order to know the context of the verse, I dug into the entire passage. This passage has the section heading “Future Glory”- starting on Romans 8:18 and going through Romans 8:30.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.- Romans 8:18. 

This seems to touch on a similar concept to last weeks Part 1 on Habakkuk 1:5, “…For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”. There is a common theme where God has something great that lies ahead for us, even if it does not seem like it at the time.

“For we know” is an example of repetition in this passage. I touched last week on the use of repetition as an emphasis on importance. This form of know seems to be another exercise in faith, much like Hebrews 11:1In Cory’s scripture, it states “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” This is faith. This is a prime example of faith on the larger scale.

In ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love him. 

Raise your hand if you feel you have been personally victimized by something bad happening to you and making you question God’s plan for your life?

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Exactly. So I am hoping that you actively exercised your faith, and did not fall back on the natural instinct to doubt God and His plan.

Know= We actively exercise our faith to believe

We know that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love him. 

We actively exercise our faith to believe that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love him. 

Have you ever had someone to tell you to “Just have faith”?

First off, this isn’t Nike and Just Do It, is not that easy.

Secondly, have you ever tried to just eat one M&M or just one Lays potato chip? Have you ever tried to just wake up an hour earlier than you are used to? To just go for a run/walk/ go to the gym, when your other option is to sit on the couch and watch your favorite tv show? It goes against most people’s natural instincts to do these things. In order to achieve them, you have to actively exercise your desire to complete your goal. It takes actual effort to put the M&Ms or chips away after only 1. It takes energy and effort to get out of bed an hour earlier because you have to. It take desire and pushing yourself to work out, when there are easier options available. Just having faith, is hardly the case, it is exercise. Just making the choice to have faith, is not the end of the journey. From the choice, you have to put faith in to each and every aspect it affects, otherwise, if you lose track- you back track, if you aren’t actively exercising it, it diminishes. Exercise your faith daily. Not just spiritually- use it in the smaller scale aspects of life too! Apply it to your job, your relationships, your morning commute. I think you will find that exercising your faith, on the small scale, will still strengthen it on the larger scale too.

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Also, if you do not have a scripture that you would consider your Old Faithful, I suggest digging in to some of the ones listed above. I cannot guarantee that one of them will become your go-to, but they are still wonderful assets to have in your scripture arsenal. I have faith that you will find an Old Faithful of your own.

And if you have an Old Faithful that wasn’t listed, I would love to know it! You can share in the comments or by the contact page of the blog!

I can’t wait to see you next week for another Theological Thursday!

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