DO NOT EXALT YOURSELF
Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not claim a place among his great men;
Solomon was a wiser man. He was not born wise, God made him wise. He didn’t go to school to be wise, God made him wise. King Solomon was so wise that the world marvelled at his wisdom. The Bible preserved some of his words of wisdom and shared with us through the book of Proverbs. Today the Bible in this wisdom book tells us, do not exalt yourself!
Do not exalt yourself in the King’s presence. When you exalt yourself, you are making yourself look better than the king. When you exalt yourself, you are indirectly inviting the king to compete with you, yet he is the king. When you exalt yourself, you inadvertently threaten the king’s throne. The only safety for the king would be to kill you. Do not exalt yourself!
When you exalt yourself, you many times may be unaware of the negative feelings it’s causing in others. As you exalt yourself, and they seem quiet, you are oblivious of the danger of their simmering jealousy and anger. As you exalt yourself and enjoy listening to yourself, the listeners are scheming your downfall. Self exaltation is addictive and blinding to the coming fall. For your own safety, heed the God given wisdom of Solomon. Do not exalt yourself!
Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence. The king is anyone above you in any way. Those above us prefer to remain above us. They could be above us by age. Above us by position. Above us by rank. Above us by wealth. Above us by level of education. Above us by experience. Above us by their network with people. Anyone above doesn’t like their position challenged in any way. This is wrong on their side, but for your own good, heed this wisdom. Do not exalt yourself!
When you don’t exalt yourself, you look harmless. When you are harmless and humble, those above you, will protect you and help you to rise. When you look harmless, those above you will take you to their level without knowing. The only way to remain harmless, is to heed this advice. Do not exalt yourself!
Do not brag about your achievements and abilities. Do not broadcast your competence. Do not over celebrate your success. Give credit to others, even when you obviously deserve it, people are not blind to the fact that you deserve it. Do your things quietly. Let your success be like an unconfirmed rumor. When you are less threatening, you are safe. Do not exalt yourself!
The Bible further tells us that do not claim a place among the king’s men. The king’s men may be at your level but do not claim their place. The king’s men influence the king’s decisions. Don’t threaten the king’s men, they will engineer your downfall by lying to the king about you. Even when you have done a lot for the king, don’t claim a place among his great men. Do not exalt yourself!
it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”
than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
For your longevity and longevity of your achievements, do not exalt yourself. Wait for the king and his men to recognize you. If they don’t recognise you, God never fails, He will exalt you. Any great achiever is known to have achieved, but may not be celebrated. Do not insist on being celebrated. Let the king celebrate you. God will see to it that you are celebrated. To celebrate yourself is in bad taste. Do not exalt yourself!
One thing that irritates people about you and you may not have known, is that you exalt yourself. You insist on talking. You insist on how right you are. When others are proved wrong, you over emphasise how wrong they were and how right you were and are. You insist on your proposal. You keep talking all over about how wrong others are and you know a better way. When you insist on being given attention and preferential treatment because of your position, you are exalting yourself. People who exalt themselves irritate those around them. Have you irritated your colleagues and partners? Do people wish you never attend a meeting? Do people shut up and leave when you arrive or start talking? Examine yourself, are you being avoided because you exalt yourself? Do not exalt yourself!
Dear God make it clear to me how I have been exalting myself. Reconcile me with those I have irritated. Make me sensitive to when I irritate people and even You. Save me from self exaltation, in Jesus name, Amen!