Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
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.
Did you ever hear the phrase Proud as a Peacock?
They really are gorgeous birds, even before they spread all those feathers.
Did you ever hear a peacock’s voice?
Not so attractive unless you’re another peacock 🙂 You’d think something so beautiful would have a pretty call, wouldn’t you? I’ve always thought of it as one of God’s little jokes.
I get to speak here and there, and I’m usually invited to sit with the pastor’s wife or the organizer of the event. I don’t expect it, though, because it would be very embarrassing to pull out a chair, only to be told there is no room for you there.
It actually did happen one time, at my own church, many years ago. I’d been invited to speak at the Mother-Daughter banquet. As I made my way toward a seat where I saw the pastor’s wife and other women who had organized the event, I was stopped before I got there and told quietly that there was no room for me at that table.
I was immensely thankful that I hadn’t made it all the way to the front and been embarrassed in front of several hundred women. I quickly found a seat and had a most enjoyable meal with several ladies I hadn’t yet met, along with some I’d known for years. It turned out well, but I learned a valuable lesson: Never assume you’re to sit at the head table. It’s better to be taken there than to be told you don’t belong there.
I hadn’t been trying to put myself forward; I was only following what was customary. But we do, sometimes, try to take the most prominent place, or put ourselves in a place of position when we really haven’t earned it or been invited to do so. How humbling it is to be told, “No room!”
It’s what Mary and Joseph were told, isn’t it? And yet, in their humility they accepted a stable, with hay for bedding and animals for warmth. They were grateful. Jesus was born that night, in humility. The only Son of God left the splendor of heaven to be born ignobly and to die ignobly. How glorious, though, was His resurrection and later His ascension back to His Father’s side in heaven! We have a place there, too, if we have accepted Him as our Savior. When we reach heaven, pleading only the blood of Jesus, we will not be turned away because there is no room.
Jesus Himself will have prepared a place for us.