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5 December - Adversity Into Opportunity

George Washington Carver was a world-famous chemist who made important agricultural discoveries and inventions. His research on peanuts, sweet potatoes, and other products helped poor southern farmers vary their crops and improve their diets.

The boll weevil, a beetle ruinous for the cotton plant, was moving north from Mexico and threatening the southern United States, where farmers depended primarily on cotton. For many years, Carver urged farmers to put aside cotton and grow other crops, especially sweet potatoes and peanuts. Not only were these crops rich in nutrients and protein, but they also restored the health of the soil.

In time, farmers began to take Carver’s advice, however soon they found themselves with a new problem. They had peanuts in abundance to feed their families – as well as having bushels and bushels in excess with no apparent use for them. What would they do with so many peanuts?

Considering the farmers’ plight, Carver asked God to teach him all about the peanut. As a result, God reminded him that He’d given mankind peanuts and other plants for their use. God sent Carver back to the laboratory with a supply of peanuts in hand, where he broke the peanut into its various parts: water, fats, oils, gums, resins, sugars, starches, petoses, pentosans, amino acid. Then he mixed the ingredients in various ways, sometimes applying heat or pressure to the mixtures.

The result was Carver’s discovering of over three hundred products developed from peanuts; everything from chili sauce, butter, milk and shampoo to shaving cream and glue.

Victory often comes from finding opportunities in problems. Without the challenge and needing to seek God as he looked at the problem from another angle Carver wouldn’t have received the revelation and discoveries that enabled the Southern farmers to not only survive but prosper. Carver sought God, a solution and new way and as a result avenues of possibility and opportunity opened for both him and his whole community. (Matthew 13:11)

When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.

Today, don’t let your hard knocks, need for repeated start overs, things not working out as you thought or having to pivot or change your plans, discourage you.

God has a way and blessings you may not have even considered possible yet. Lay aside the disappointment and frustration and ask God to release to you new, fresh opportunities and all that He has prepared in advance for you to walk in today. (Ephesians 2:10)

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you are the God of the new and that you want to do exceedingly more than I can think or ask for. Whatever I am facing or dreaming of today, I know you have a way through for me to achieve and overcome, so I ask that you reveal your plans, strategy and the way forward for me today. In Jesus name Amen.

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