In the world but not of it

May 1, 2010

Treasure in wisdom…

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In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3

In 1919 the town of Enterprise, Alabama erected a statue of a woman holding a boll weevil in her hand.

In case you don’t know what a boll weevil is, it is a six-legged insect that single handedly destroyed the King Cotton industry in 1915. It was an economic disaster that the people of the time faced but as they prayed to God for direction in their trouble there was another man praying for direction also. George Washington Carver, a man born into slavery, was seeking the Lord for answers to his purpose in life.

He had a heart for science but was overwhelmed with the subject and what to focus on. The Lord, in His marvelous way, led him to the peanut and so Carver asked God for the wisdom to simply know what to do with it. The result was an explosive peanut industry that not only revolutionized the South but also brought glory to God in countless ways.

Later, Carver was once asked how he came to know these things about science, agriculture and the peanut and he simply said “from an old book”, to which the reply was “which book” and he said “the Bible”…

Carver went on to say that “I asked God to show me what to do with the peanut and He did”. The Bible may not have explicit instructions on farming peanuts but through it we have answers to all our challenges and difficulties. In Christ we have access to treasures of wisdom to respond and resolve all the issues we face.

Carver knew many things but the one thing he knew above all else was that his knowledge was of no value without the Lord’s wisdom applied to it. In the end the monument in Enterprise was stamped with Romans 8:28 – “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them”.

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