June 10, 2011
V 13 Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice
When you know that you could be doing something better is one thing, but to have it pointed out to you by someone else is entirely different. That’s when our flesh gets involved, and it’s never a good thing when our flesh gets involved. However God’s word says to be a poor young person is better than being a king, if that king can’t take the advice of others. I believe that God puts in our lives other people to help shape us into who we could be, yet it remains partly up to us if we accept that help. What we can’t see sometimes is how our inability or refusal to take the counsel of others hurts more than ourselves. I’m sure that this King mentioned here has a kingdom with people in it, and they will most likely suffer if the king chooses to be stubborn. Same with us, we don’t live in a bubble where our actions only affect ourselves. No, our actions have long feeling and lasting effects. I wonder if it would be easier to battle our pride if we would stop and think of who might be hurt by our actions.