June 07, 2015
“In him we live, and move, and have our being.” Ac 17:28
George Washington Carver, an agricultural chemist who discovered three hundred uses for peanuts, shared these observations about God: “As a very small boy exploring the almost virgin woods of the old Carver place, I had the impression someone had just been there ahead of me. Things were so orderly, so clean, so harmoniously beautiful. A few years later in this same woods…I was practically overwhelmed with the sense of some great presence. Not only had someone been there, someone was there…Years later when I read in the Scriptures, ‘In him we live, and move, and have our being,’ I knew what the writer meant. Never since have I been without this consciousness of the Creator speaking to me…the out-of-doors has been to me more and more a great cathedral in which God could be continuously spoken to and heard from…Man, who needed a purpose, a mission to keep him alive, had one. He could be…God’s coworker…My purpose alone must be God’s purpose—to increase the welfare and happiness of His people…Why, then, should we who believe in Christ be so surprised at what God can do with a willing man in a laboratory?” In 1921 Carver spoke before the United States House of Representatives. The chairman asked, “Dr. Carver, how did you learn all these things?” He answered, “From an old book.” The chairman asked, “What book?” Carver replied, “The Bible.” The chairman inquired, “Does the Bible talk about peanuts?” Carver replied, “No sir, but it tells about the God who made the peanut. I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanut, and He did.” Need a creative idea or solution today? Ask God!