George Washington Carver was a botanist, educator, inventor and scientist. As the son of a slave, he was aware of the difficulty facing farmers, knowing that they needed more than cotton for their fields. He became interested in peanuts. Soon he realized that there was no market for them. Needing help, he turned to God, in prayer.
One day he prayed, “Mr. Creator, why did You make the peanut?”
Later in life he was to say, “God gave me a handful of peanuts, and went with me to the laboratory and together we got down to work.” Before he died, his research and influence produced over 300 products from peanuts including cosmetics, dyes, plastics, gasoline, and nitroglycerine. He published many books, including one with over 100 recipes using peanuts.
James has an interesting bit of advice. He said, “If you need wisdom - if you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him and He will gladly tell you.” True wisdom begins with respect for God, leads to right living in the sight of God and enables us to align our goals with the goals God has for us. When we do this, we honor God, and in time, He will honor us.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to look to You for Your wisdom in all that we do, knowing it is always available. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.