“Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive counsel (friendly reproof and warning)” Ecclesiastes 4:13 ->me: The Preacher has such a great warning for us. Through verses 14-16 he talks about the fact that even though the poor wise youth takes over the reign of the kingdom from the old and foolish King; the new King (the youth) will undoubtedly follow in the old king’s footsteps and become foolish and isolate himself as well. This is the path of those ‘under the sun’. A never-ending churn of deprecating self gratification and pride that results in alienation towards others. When God is our Treasure and King, we grow in wisdom, compassion, and selflessness. We can avoid the pitfall of turning inwardly and rebuffing the wise counsel from our brothers and sisters in Christ. I must not let the good days of plenty force me to take my eyes off the One Who wants my entire reliance on Him. It’s the times where everything is going right that I must be the most vigilant and self-checking; staying out of my self-reliant stupor. God, through Your Holy Spirit, please help me to lean on you in all times, both highs and lows; that I might have the steady peace, rest, and open heart to do Your work.