Thursday, August 05, 2010

King of Kings

13 Better a poor and wise youth
Than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more.
14 For he comes out of prison to be king,
Although he was born poor in his kingdom.
15 I saw all the living who walk under the sun;
They were with the second youth who stands in his place.
16 There was no end of all the people over whom he was made king;
Yet those who come afterward will not rejoice in him.
Surely this also is vanity and grasping for the wind.
(Ecclesiastes 4:13-16, New King James Version)

King of Kings

If you were to choose the king of kings for your land, what type of a king would you choose? In Ecclesiastes 4, Solomon states,

Better a poor and wise youth
Than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more.

I remember my mother reaching an age when she started to say, "I am too old to change." As I am getting older, I understand why she said such a thing, but the truth is that there is no time in our lives when we are too old to change. Until we reach perfection, which will not happen in this life, we are never too old to change.

That is the picture I see in the old and foolish king who will be admonished no more. That would be a sad day for his kingdom. A poor and wise youth could be just as foolish, but because of his former poverty, we would expect a certain amount of humility that would go with his past history.

But, regardless of the king, whether good or bad, Solomon concludes Ecclesiastes 4 with this verse.

There was no end of all the people over whom he was made king;
Yet those who come afterward will not rejoice in him.
Surely this also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

How many kings or rulers do you remember from past history? There certainly, then, is truth in this statement by Solomon. I do not even remember all of the past presidents of the United States, which only has a 235 year history.

What is the conclusion we should gather from this verse? I am sure there are many conclusions one could draw, but I would ask, what is the difference whether God has made us rich or poor, famous or unknown? We think we would be happier being rich and famous, but what is fame? Will you even be remembered 100 years from now?

As Christians, we will only find true peace and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ. Whether we are rich or poor, famous or unknown, we are known by the true King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and He will remember us forever!

How amazing is that?

God Bless You,
Linda

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