There will come a time
There will come a time
When the Crystal Palace Exhibition opened in London in 1851, people flocked to Hyde Park to see the amazing invention. One of the greatest marvels then was steam. Steam plows were displayed ... steam locomotives ... steam looms ... steam organs ... and even a steam cannon.
Of all the exhibits that year, the first-prize winner was a steam invention with 7,000 parts. When it was turned on, its pulleys, whistles, bells and gears made a lot of noise, but ironically, it didn’t do a thing. Can you believe it? -- 7,000 moving parts making a lot of commotion, but having no practical purpose.
The Preacher (Ecclesiastes) talks about the purpose of life. He begins with youth rejoicing in life. Because times of childhood and youth are short, Solomon says to “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1 KJV), because the time will come when youth will be a thing of the past and “misery” may set in with old age. Strength will flee, your eyes will get weak and you may even lose your teeth. (Have you experienced that yet?) There will come a time.
He finishes with “... Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14).
George Washington Carver believed that a personal relationship with the Creator was the only foundation for abundant life. He actually went to the Bible as a basis for his study of chemical and agricultural laws which resulted in his developing of almost 300 products from the lowly peanut.
He based his scientific study on Genesis 1:29: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
Carter said, “I carried the peanuts into my laboratory and the Creator told me to take them apart and resolve them into their elements. With such knowledge as I had of chemistry and physics, I set to work to take them apart. I separated the water, the fats, the oils, the gums, the resins, sugars, starches, pectoses, pentosans and amin acids. There -- I had the parts of the peanuts all spread out before me.”
— Rackham Holt, “George Washington Carver: An American Biography”
Carver knew what he was talking about. So did Solomon. It all starts with “fear God – keep His commandments.”
For the child of God, there is great potential in meeting life’s challenges in the Spirit of Christ. Biblical principles can be applied to every area of life — business, education, family, politics, recreation and so forth. Practicing these principles will result in success — joy in living.
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