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Get Out What Is Inside

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 7, 2015

RELIGION –  am writing today from my laptop as my wife drives our family to the Great Wolf Lodge. My Speedo is packed and I can’t wait for the water slides! I started this year using a Christian History devotional book. It is a pretty neat way to be reminded of the saints who have lived before us. Today’s devotion was about a really prodigious fellow, George Washington Carver. He died on January 5, 1943. He was an unique African-American scientist who saw no conflict at all between science and faith.

Carver said that “without God to draw aside the curtain, I would be helpless.” He was born about 1864 in Missouri, and was the son of illiterate slaves, but all slaves were freed while he was a toddler. Carver was owned by a white couple whose last name was Carver. After slavery the couple became his guardians and he referred to Mrs. Carver as “Aunt Susan.” The Carvers saw a brilliance and greatness in the child, as did all who met him. He attended Simpson College in Iowa (one of the few colleges of the time that would admit blacks), but due to his knack for growing plants, he transferred to Iowa’s agricultural college.

Then in 1896 Booker T. Washington invited him to teach agriculture at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. There he conducting research into the uses of soil-enriching crops like peanuts and sweet potatoes and urging farmers of all races to diversify their crops instead of relying on cotton which further exhausted the soil. He taught there till his death. Later in his life, Carver was an international celebrity, who met three U.S. presidents and wrote a syndicated column, “Professor Carver’s Advice.” Carver’s fame increased when Southern farmers began growing peanuts after their cotton was devastated by the boll weevil.

Carver was certain that it was God who gave him success. He had become a Christian at age ten and read the Bible constantly and for years he taught a Sunday Bible class. He firmly believed that nature was one means by which God spoke to man, and though he enjoyed and encouraged reading, he believed his discoveries arose from communing with God.

There is another application of Carver’s life that I have always liked as well. He was an expert at getting other products out of products which already exist. Take for example that he made paint out of clay. He made marble out of wood shavings. He made starch paste, vinegar, ink, shoe polish, molasses and caramels out of sweet potatoes. He made butter, oil, cheese, dye, face powder, breakfast food, printer's ink, pickles, instant coffee, axle grease and 276 other things out of peanuts.

All these products were in the sweet potato or the peanut. They were there. Carver got them out!

2 Peter 1:3 says that “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” Notice in that verse that all the Godliness that you need is available to you because of the power of God in your life. It is there as a gift of God, will you work it out?  There is no excuse! Talk to God, get in the Word and see what He can bring out of your life!

Pastor Phillip

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