John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.(Jn.3:27)
There are many couples that stick together during difficult times, but when God blessed them, problems were created by the partners due to poor management of success, and the family that was once tightly knitted together collapsed. You may in fact not really be sure of the stand of a man in God and his marital vows until success comes.
When Solomon became the king in Israel, he was so devoted to God that God asked him to request for whatever he would want God to do for him. His response is found in 1Ki.3:9;
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
The response of Solomon so much pleased the LORD that He gave Solomon not only wisdom but riches and fame as well. Solomon became so great that his wisdom and riches could not be compared with that of any king before him.
By the time Solomon became really blessed, he probably forgot that it was because he pleased God with his life when he became king that he was mightily blessed.
And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. (1Kg.11:3)
It is almost impossible to believe that the same Solomon who loved God so much that he was given a blank cheque of blessing could now be said to allow women and other pleasures of life to turn his heart from God whom he evidently loved so much at the beginning of his reign. That is what success can do for a life that is not fully made up to remain faithful to God when success comes.
For many men, it is when God has blessed them that they realize that their wives are no longer befitting of their new status. For many women also, it is then that they become too busy to care for their husbands. We often find it more difficult to manage success than to manage lack. Pride often comes into our lives and makes us to become ungovernable.
The scripture today reminds us that whatever we are able to achieve is by divine enablement. If you look around you, you are likely to discover those that are better than you in various aspects of life struggling for one thing or the other which they have not been able to attain. It is only when you realize that it is neither by power nor by might that you will be able to prevent yourself from messing up when success comes.
DISCUSSION POINTS WITH YOUR SPOUSE
• What are the precautionary measures we can take to prevent us from putting our home into problems when success comes.
My father and God, may success never take me away from you in Jesus’ name.
WILL YOU STILL REMAIN FAITHFUL TO GOD AND YOUR MARITAL VOWS WHEN GOD HAS ANSWERED YOUR PRAYERS FOR GREATNESS? – Dr. Mike Oluniyi