“Curse not the king, no, not even in your thoughts, and curse not the rich in your bedchamber, for a bird of the air will carry the voice, and a winged creature will tell the matter.” Ecclesiastes 10:20 ->me: When I read this I hear a couple of things. 1) Don’t let the craziness of today’s politics give rise to anger. All presidents have come and gone and this one will as well. Thank goodness our system of government prevents too much from going sideways between occupants of the Oval Office. 2) The verse challenges us to remain calm in days of national laziness and squabbles over the most foolish things. The Preacher is calling for a submissive approach to authority. 3) Everything that has been said about wisdom and folly points again to the main lesson of Ecclesiastes: the need to face life as it really is, and take our life day by day from the hand of a sovereign God. When I am following God closely He will guide me and my heart to the areas He wishes to assert influence; in the mean time I am not to let the world around me get me riled up.