In the Presence of the Great

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In the book of Proverbs, we read that we ought not to exalt ourselves before the great and act as though we deserve a “position.” Kings and other great people are constantly surrounded by those who want things for themselves or for some “worthy” cause. There are many hands reaching out. The great can become irritable when their time and attention is in constant demand, and if you are near during such a time, you may end up in disfavor.

It is better to continue to do that which is your responsibility at hand and do it well. Then, if and when you are beckoned to approach, you can do so with confidence. Many think that by being as close to a leader as possible, they will be noticed favorably, but the great are painfully aware of the glory-seekers, and it is embarrassing to be pushed aside or sent below (Proverbs 25:6-7 Proverbs 25:6-7 [6] Put not forth yourself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: [7] For better it is that it be said to you, Come up here; than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince whom your eyes have seen.
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). In the presence of the great, keep a respectful distance and keep your dignity intact. That too is noticed.

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