Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
(Proverbs 25:6-7 NIV)
In some areas arrogance looks to be an asset. If you can have some swagger and bravado in what you do, peers hail you as something special.
The problem with arrogance, though, is that it often inflates the opinion of the self beyond reason. That ballooned self-opinion sets itself up for prime popping when it over reaches to put itself in a position it doesn’t deserve.
Jesus would later warn people not to grasp for the best places in a banquet in case the host should embarrass you and eject you to a lower place. His advice was that it was far better to situate yourself in modest positions to then be recognised by the host and by his request be given a more prominent seat.
Humility is a more appealing quality than arrogance because it never seeks to over step the mark. It knows that self-promotion is not the best promotion, rather commendation is the best course. Humility does not downplay or deny the greatness within, it gives that greatness a firm foundation from which to flourish to the benefit of many, rather than the self.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden