He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the LORD… 1 Chronicles 28:12

George Washington CarverIt is said of George Washington Carver that he got up early in the morning each day to walk alone and pray. He asked God how he was to spend his day and what He wanted to teach him that day.    Carver grew up at the close of the American Civil War in a one-room shanty on the home of Moses Carver- the man who owned his mother.    Carver grew up at the height of racial discrimination, yet he overcame all those obstacles to become one of the most influential men in the history of the United States.


He made many discoveries with the use of groundnuts and sweet potatoes. However, after he recommended farmers to plant groundnuts and sweet potatoes instead of cotton, he was led into his greatest trial.    The farmers lost even more money due to the lack of market demand for groundnuts and sweet potatoes.    Carver cried out to the Lord in prayer. Many years later, he shared that God led him back to his lab and worked with him to discover some 300 marketable products from groundnuts.    Likewise, he made over 100 discoveries from the sweet potatoes.

These new products created a demand for groundnuts and sweet potatoes, and they were major contributors to rejuvenating the economy of Southern USA.    As he made new discoveries, he never became successful monetarily. But during his lifetime, he overcame great rejection for being black.    He was offered high income opportunities from Henry Ford, and he became friends with presidents of his day, yet he knew what God had called him to do.    His epitaph read: “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.”

Prayer: Pray for the spirit of wisdom and creativity to fully fulfil your purpose.

Scriptural Reading: 1 Chronicle 28:11-19

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