Proverbs 25: King James Bible
Be Lifted – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty five, Verses 6-7
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.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Be Lifted
Have you ever had to suffer someone at a party (for example) that you didn’t invite? Has anyone ever invited themselves over for dinner without your say? If you can answer yes to either of those questions, than you understand what the Lord is trying to say in the two verses above.
How often we feel the need to lift ourselves up rather than to wait to be lifted. If a person takes it upon himself to stand in the presence of a king, and stands in the place of great men, this person obviously believes that he is worthy of it, right?
But whether or not the person believes he is worthy to stand in the place of great men is irrelevant. What the king believes is what’s going to determine where his place is and isn’t. What we see above, is the king having to bring someone low, due to their presumption.
That presumption can come in different ways. Pride, arrogance, ignorance, selfishness, jealousy, covetousness, or any combination thereof, can cause for us to think ourselves better than we should.
All of these traits are not willing to wait to be lifted, but would rather pole vault ahead, and at times will cause for you to land at a place where you’ll only be miserable. The Lord tells us not to exalt ourselves, but to exalt one another.
In so doing, we allow the Father to exalt us to where he decides we belong. Often, it’s the place tucked closely inside his will for our lives, and where he’s placed our blessings. The problem is, he’s not going to do it according to our schedules, and isn’t interested in our advice concerning how he should do things.
If we choose to be lifted by the Father, we learn the value of patience. This isn’t to say that we stop working and being diligent. It just may be, that he will exalt us while we’re diligently working out our salvation, and doing what he’s placed us here to do.
To be lifted rather than lifting yourself is better by far, because when you lift yourself, you may be taken down a notch or two. You might just fall far past where you started out from.
The forward person alluded to in the scripture above suffered a humiliating situation, being removed from a place that he didn’t belong. Sometimes we can be humiliated by the ill treatment of others, but we are all more than capable of humiliating ourselves without anyone’s help. Exalting ourselves is a surefire method to do just that.
Wait on the Lord and he will exalt you in due time, as he sees fit. When the Father does the lifting up, we can often be placed in situations that are a complete and total surprise!
Finally, don’t forget…
Before we begin pridefully thinking on how much we deserve this or that, bear in mind that Jesus already took all that we truly deserve. He took it so we don’t have to. The second we start thinking we deserve anything, we should do a quick heart check.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 23: King James Bible
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Luke 1: King James Bible
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
2 Corinthians 10: King James Bible
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 5: King James Bible
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Thank you for your Word, and for your help in this area of our lives. Any of the iniquities common to man can cause for us to become impatient and not to wait on you. Please root these out of us, and show us all that we need to do, because we’d rather be lifted by you, than to take part in the prideful self exaltations of this world. We ask your forgiveness for any circumstance where we failed in waiting for you, and ask that you take the helm of our lives, leading them to where you will. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever wrongfully opted to elevate yourself rather than to be lifted?