Ask God Not Google!

Key Verse: ‘…in Him we live, and move, and have our being.’ (Acts 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 these 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 the consciousness of the Creator speaking to me… the out-doors have 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 co-worker… 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 peanuts. I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanuts and He did.’

Are you confused as to what to do with your life? Do you have a dream and can’t figure out how to make it come true? Or do you need a creative idea to succeed? If it’s solution you require to plunge into your breakthrough, ask God and not Google.

We are always prompt to search the internet for answers even for the minutest of issues that affect us. You will be surprised to see someone asking Google for ‘how to overcome anger’ or ‘ways to make money in recession’, etc. when Deuteronomy 8:18 says it all: ‘But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth…’

It is, however, not wrong to search the internet for insightful business ideas and learn productive strategies of successful people. But we must also remember that ‘A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven’ (John 3:27), and that ‘every good and perfect gift is from above…’ (James 1:17).

God is ever willing to grant us the desires of our hearts. We just have to ‘ask and it shall be given unto you… For everyone that asks receives… Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? ... if ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?’ (Matthew 7:7-11).

Let Google always play the second fiddle; ask God today and you shall by faith receive in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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