READ: Ecclesiastes 4:13-16
- It’s just a little confusing as to whom Solomon is referring. Is he reflecting on his father David? Is there some unknown king in mind? Is he possibly looking on his on reign in a moment of reflection? But what he says is not confusing. The once poor young man became king and ruled a vast empire…but became stubborn and willful.
- There’s no doubt Solomon was a powerful ruler. 2 Chronicles 9:26 records that Solomon reigned over the known world of his era. It seems there were no nations (kingdoms) that did not live in fear and respect of Solomon’s rule. He had the kind of power that caused nations to bring him so much tribute that “silver was as common as stone.” Much of Solomon’s enormous wealth was a result of his incredible power.
- Everything about Solomon screamed power. Nations came to see him for his wisdom. Nations gave him tribute that made him the wealthiest man (possibly of all time). He had stables and horses, armies and navies, stationed throughout the Middle East. He knew, firsthand, just how much power one man could yield. Then, in Ecclesiastes, he says it all goes to the young man behind you. It doesn’t last.
- What was the most powerful position? Or when did you hold the most power you’ve ever been?
- Describe the way you yield(ed) your power.
- Read 2 Chronicles 9:5-9. What does that say about Solomon’s character?
PRAY: Thank God for those who are in places of power that provide protection for us. Pray that those in power use their power wisely. Ask God to help you wield your power in a Christian fashion.