Book: Proverbs 25
“Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great. It is better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace.”
Proverbs are practical. One day Jesus was invited to a dinner. He noticed that all the guests were trying to out maneuver each other so that they could sit in the best seats, closest to the guest of honor. He spoke up using this proverb and gave them this advice:
“When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table! Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!” Then you will be honored in front of all other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:8-11
It is through humility that one gains true respect and honor. People would rather be with those who are humble more than with those who are full of self promotion and pride.
You may remember watching an episode of Undercover Boss where a CEO disguises himself/herself and goes to work as an employee on the front line to better understand their company. With humility they learn of the challenges not just with the work but also with the life of many of their employees. This changes the disguised CEO’s perspective of their employees and how the business is being run. Once the CEO reveals their true identity to the employees there is often shock as well as a deeper respect all around. In many cases the CEO has promoted employees and taken into account the suggestions they have made.
Pushing and demanding may work for awhile but is that the reputation you want? On the other hand those who rely on God for their promotion/position will see great things. Consider Joseph in the Old Testament and how he did the best he could in every situation. Eventually God lifted him up as second in command. I have always wondered what Potipher thought of his former slave/servant being promoted high above him.
You are in God’s hands and He has the best plan for your life. Therefore instead of pushing and demanding the best position, be satisfied in becoming all that God desires you to be. Let Him open the doors for you to places and positions he has prepared for you.