There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him:
- haughty eyes,
- a lying tongue, and
- hands that shed innocent blood,
- a heart that devises wicked plans,
- feet that make haste to run to evil,
- a false witness who breathes out lies, and
- one who sows discord among brothers.
(previous post here)
I mentioned last week that I’d be writing a series of 8 posts, including the introduction, on this passage from Proverbs chapter 6. The first on this list is “haughty eyes.” Webster’s defines haughty as:
having or showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people
blatantly and disdainfully proud
Pride is a hard thing to root out in your life. This haughtiness, or pride on steroids, is all about a false self-image. Those of us who have been won over by the grace of Jesus should know one thing as central to that Gospel: there’s nothing good in you or me. Nothing worth boasting about. What did we bring to the table for our salvation? Sin. And that’s it. A self-image based on truth is humble, not proud. There’s nothing in yourself or myself that is worthy of esteem except what Jesus brings to the table.
And these proud/haughty eyes? Looking down on others like you’re better than them? This is something that God shows disdain for. Something He hates. Because when you’re looking down on someone else like you’re better than them, you’re exhibiting blindness.
Pride will keep you from seeing. Especially what you need to see, which is that irrespective of what you’re thinking right now, you’re not any better than anyone else that you may be tempted to look down on. You could be tempted to look down on someone because of his political view, or her knowledge of the Bible, or how they dress their kids or any number of things that grow our of your principles.
Haughty eyes are contrary to the Gospel. They get in the way of you giving all the credit to Jesus, and block your ability to display the truth…that Jesus saved you from yourself. You deserve nothing but God’s wrath apart from what Jesus did. And when you look down on another, even someone whose eyes have not been enlightened by the Spirit’s work, you blind yourself to that central truth.
God hates haughty eyes. And so should you. Put them off and put on the glasses of the Gospel which will allow you to look at others with the humility grounded in truth. Humble eyes are full of love, grace, patience, and mercy. They can see clearly and have a heart full of compassion behind them.
Can you overcome pride and haughtiness in your life on your own? Of course not. And that brings us back to the Gospel. It’s all Jesus. It’s all God. Ask Him to give you the same hatred He has for proud looking eyes, and to love the humility that is only found and grounded in the Gospel of peace.
God wants all the credit. That’s why He calls people like you and me to His service. Hate what He hates and love what He loves, starting with haughty eyes. And then see what He does through the hands and feet attached to humble eyes that see you, me, and the world as it is.