Genesis 6:1-2 “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”
What is it that would cause God to destroy the very Earth and the very people whom He created? It seems it must have been something very bad that would move God to destroy everything and start all over. God follows the verses above by saying, “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man,…” Something caused God to get fed up with this generation of people.
What was it that would move God to destroy the world? Was it that these people were getting married? No, it was not that they were getting married. The key to the verses above is the phrase, “…of all which they chose.” The reason God was fed up with these people is because they stopped coming to Him after He multiplied them. When the people of the earth were small they went to God for every decision, but when He multiplied them, they became proud and forgot the God who had blessed them. Multiplying was not the evil; the evil was that they forgot God after He multiplied them.
One thing you must guard against is that you never get too big for God. The same God you used to run to when you were small is still the same God you must run to when you’ve experienced success. Just because you are successful doesn't mean that you don't need God. The fact that you are successful means that you need God more now than when you did when you were not successful. Many people have forgotten God after He multiplied their finances to their own detriment. Many have quit their responsibilities in a church when the business made them wealthy. Many preachers have stopped running to God for help once their church became large. You need God just as much now that you have experienced success as you needed Him when you were small and nobody knew you. The degree of your success or failure does not change your need for God. You need God after you have multiplied as much as you needed Him when you were starting out.
One of the great evils of success is that you forget those who helped you become successful. I was talking to my pastor about a mutual friend we had and whether or not this friend was going the same direction as he had always gone. My pastor told me that this person used to call him weekly to get advice on what he needed to do in his church to help it get to the next level. He told me that he was very close to this man who called him, but then he told me that now that the man’s church had seen great growth, this mutual friend of ours had stopped calling him. I walked out of my pastor’s office with a determination that I never wanted to forget those who had helped me, even if God multiplied my ministry.
My friend, one of the worst things you can do is to forget those who helped you succeed. Guard yourself against becoming too big to go back to those who have helped you. Don't forget your parents who raised you when you find yourself experiencing success. I know your parents may seem old-fashioned and out of touch, but they raised you and invested in you; always embrace them and stay close to them when you have succeeded. Never get too big for anyone who has helped you climb the ladder for success because one day it will be you that others forget if you don't make it a habit of remembering those who have helped you succeed.