Open Heaven 4 October 2019 Devotional – Hidden Blessings Of Marriage, written by Pastor E. A. Adeboye
TOPIC: Hidden Blessings Of Marriage
MEMORISE: “How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?” – (Deuteronomy 32:20)
READ: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (KJV)
9. Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
11. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat; but how can one be warm alone?
12. And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
MESSAGE: Open Heaven 4 October 2019 Devotional
There are certain blessings attached to marriage which we may be ignorant of except the Holy Spirit reveal them to us. One of such hidden blessings is revealed in today’s memory verse and bible reading. From these scriptures, God’s verdict is that two are better than one, according to Ecclesiastes 4:9, the reason is: “…because they have a good reward for their labour.”
This indicates that divorce is not the correct solution for marriages that are challenged, because divorce robs couples of maximum victory and rewards. Speaking further on the benefits of companionship derived from marriage, the Holy Spirit explain in Ecclesiastes 4:10: “For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for the hath not another to help him up.”
Helping each other out in time of need is another great blessing of marriage. This was part of God’s design when He established marriage as an institution. When God was going to create a companion for Adam, He started His reason for this, saying in Genesis 2:18: “…It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
- Today: Open Heaven 4 October 2019 Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Man needed a companion in the form of a like-minded person who could help him fulfill his God-given assignment. I’m left in awe whenever I consider the wife God bless me with, long before I knew his plan to use me in reaching the world with the Gospel.
Indeed, he knows the end from the beginning, and so he made everything beautiful in His own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). As a beneficiary of God’s blessing in marriage, I make bold to say that only a person who is blessed with a God-given spouse can cope with the hazardous challenges of being a minister of God.
Couples should do everything possible to stay together because God honours their unity by fighting their battles for them. However, this unity must be of a godly sort, and not like that which existed between Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5).
Couples should key into the power of the Lord’s promise in Matthew 18:19, which says: “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my father which is in heaven.”
This is another valid reason why couples should fear God and not offend him. He is the author of marriage, who created it for couples to receive maximum blessings from Him. Beloved, whatever, whatever it may cost you, keep your marriage intact, because there are great blessings attached to holy matrimony.
PRAYER POINT: Father, give us the days of heaven on earth in our homes, in Jesus’ Name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Nehemiah 9, Hosea 8
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