Shared June 19th, 2014
Indeed Edison is Perseverance.
in Ecclesiastes 11:4, 6: 4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. 5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. 6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
In our last devotional, we were talking about Thomas Edison (1847-1931) and we ended saying that just as in the case of Noah who obeyed God and for 120 years kept building the boat even when there was nor rain, so it was with Edison who’s dedication and determination paid off. So what about all those tries that Edison went through? Well, I read that Edison held some 1,093 patents for his inventions, which included, guess what, the electric light bulb, phonograph and motion picture camera and he apparently sold the rights to many of his inventions to Western Union and other large companies to keep his workshop going.
Edison’s indefatigability has led to great dividends for us all. His was a worthy cause and worth his while. He had stamina that is admirable and you can tell his was a passion geared towards enriching mankind; his was a selfless quest that is really admirable in terms of the result that we see today. Hallelujah!
Obviously, if Edison had not been tireless and also a man who was very focused and filled with faith, perseverance and determination, chances are that we most probably still will be using kerosene lights and candles or, and I want to be very generous here, we may still be toiling away by gaslight.
You know, as the story goes, one time Edison was not only approached but also challenged by a young journalist who said to him, “Mr. Edison, why do you keep trying to make light by using electricity when you have failed so many times? Don’t you know that gas lights are with us to stay?”
Unfazed, ever patient with his detractors and constantly wise in his answers, Edison simply replied to the young journalist, “Young man, aren’t you aware that I have not failed but have successfully discovered over a thousand ways that won’t work?” What a way to put it! Some will say a case of the glass half full.
You see, because Edison believed an electric light was possible, he refused to give up. Reading his biography, you will learn that he tried numerous, so many countless types of materials in his search for a filament that would work so that he sent men all over the world: to China, Japan, South America, Asia, Jamaica, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Burma (now the Republic of the Union of Myanmar) to search for fibers to test in his laboratory—all to no avail. Later, however, a filament of carbonized thread proved to be the key to a long-lasting light bulb.
Let me end with this Scripture from Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good: for in due season we will reap, if we don’t faint.”
Proposed prayer: “Dear Father, You are the Light of lights. Please let me brighten the corner where you have put me and help me not become weary in doing good: for in due season I will reap, if I don’t faint fail. This is Your Word. This is Your promise and I hold on to Your Word with faith and assurance. Thank You for always hearing and answering my prayers, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Have a blessed weekend and brighten the corner where you are.