Ecclesiastes 4.13- “A poor yet wise youth is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction and counsel (friendly reproof, warning)” -AMP
“Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice.” -ESV
No matter your years, position, inheritance nor loyal friends there is that ancient, solid Bible advice, in fact necessity mentioned in the Book of Proverbs: “Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.” (Pro. 23.23) And “How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.” (Pro. 16.16)
Gaining the world at the expense of your soul, climbing to the top of the ladder, choosing, even demanding respect from others, focusing on selfish gain is a recipe for self-destruction. Leaders in particular can begin to think more highly of themselves than they ought to. Proverbs 15.33 tells us “The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.”
Further- Proverbs 18.12 says “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility goes before honor.”
Nobody- and I mean nobody gets a pass from this reality. It is not unusual for humans to judge other humans harshly and leaders often get fried with regard to decisions they make merely on the basis of people getting or not getting what they want.
At the same time the more power, authority and wealth a leader may accumulate doesn’t guarantee more wisdom, humility or deeper love for God and genuine care for the people they affect.
This is equally true whether you are in leadership or not, but fair warning, Jesus taught us through several parables about individuals who met a horrid end because their stewardship of power and authority was misused for their own selfish gain.
In another place He spells it out vividly:
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew chapter 24)
May we truly learn to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God!
As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn