The King and I

Continuing in chapter four of Ecclesiastes, Solomon goes on to lament the vanity of popularity over influence. In this week’s sermon, Pastor Sonny explains how the best and lasting kind of influence comes from a person’s character, and not their popularity, and that as Solomon points out, it’s better to have no position or status but be humble enough to take advice.

Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice. For he went from prison to the throne, though in his own kingdom he had been born poor. I saw all the living who move about under the sun, along with that youth who was to stand in the king’s place. There was no end of all the people, all of whom he led. Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a striving after wind.

 ‭ – Ecclesiastes 4:13–16