Today, we’ll look at Solomon’s thoughts about unqualified civil leaders and the impact they have on their people.
(Ecc 10:16) Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! (17) Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
The Curse of Unqualified Civil Leader
In our text, Solomon mentions a couple of common leadership problems. The first woe Solomon address is Immature leadership. When the king is a child, the nation has problems. The next problem is undisciplined, self-serving leadership. Leaders like this bring trouble to a nation. Isaiah expressed similar concerns:
Isa 3:4-5 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. (5) And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.
Isa 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
In contrast, the land is blessed by leaders of noble discent. It is a blessing when a nation’s leaders are people of character and discipline. They may enjoy pleasure, but they do it with the goal of improving their serve.
What About You?
- Are you suffering because of unqualified leaders in your life?
- If you are a leader, are you more interested in serving and pleasing yourself, or the people God has entrusted to your leadership?