Scripture: verses 4 and 5
I will put children in authority;
capriciousness will govern them….
The young will be insolent toward their elders,
the insignificant arrogant toward the respected.
Observation: More punishments: God will chastise His people by removing the support system of wise leaders and advisers.
I don’t really want to get into culture-bashing here. Modern Western culture is fairly awful in places, but so are most other cultures I’ve come across, so take your pick.
But. The insignificant are arrogant toward the respected. The people who don’t know much insist that they know better than the experts. The people who have little experience deny that they could use advice from people with more experience. It happens all the time. And it’s a really dumb thing to do.
We are not all experts in everything. We have not all done everything and tried every option. We can’t predict the future. And when we insist that we are and have and can, we are ruled by caprice and whim. And we get in trouble.
It takes humility to seek advice from others. But we have to know our own limits. We can’t survive otherwise.
Application: Respect your elders. Know your limits and get help when you need it.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for creating your community, so that I have people I can ask for help. Thank you for creating cause and effect. Thank you for creating a world where things can be known and knowledge can be useful. Help me to know it and correct it when when I’m being an idiot. Amen.