Proverbial Relationships with Kings :: Humility


Proverbs 25:1-7 gives counsel on how one must behave before kings. Often in our day to day lives, we seek to position ourselves to be in the best spot, especially before those with authority like our managers (i.e., rulers or kings), seeking recognition, prominence and preeminence, for the next promotion or pay raise.

The Bible is however very clear and explicit on how to behave in front of people with authority (i.e., managers, rulers, kings, etc). It should be with a humble heart and mind, lest we are abased and brought to shame.  Contextual to relationship with kings and rulers and people of prominence, the Bible unequivocally states that whoever humbles himself shall be exalted but whoever exalts himself shall be abased (Luke 14: 11).

Jesus, who deserves to be in the best spot, before God the Father, and the King of kings, did not seek recognition, prominence or preeminence. Instead, he made himself of no reputation (Philippians 2:7-8) and humbled Himself, from being God to man, to in fact being a dead man; so God, promoted Him to be a ruler over all, exalting Him over all and gave Him a Name that is above all names (Philippians 2:9).

Point(s) to ponder:
1. What is your/mine attitude before our rulers? Is it one that is reflective of a humble Spirit, like that of Jesus Christ, who made himself of no reputation?

Proverbs 25:6-7 (KJV)
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

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