By Dawn Ford
"Don’t look at me in that tone of voice!"
When I was in my early twenties I was pretty cocky. I’d come from a dysfunctional background where my parents had made some pretty big mistakes. I determined I was not going to do the same things because I knew better. Soon, I developed an attitude. Nobody was going to tell me the way things were. I had it all figured out, and if I didn’t I’d figure it out on my own.
This was before I knew God’s warnings in Proverbs 6. Verses 16-18 lay out six things that God hates, and seven things that are detestable to Him. Number one on that list is HAUGHTY EYES.
The eye-rolling, arrogant, disdain that ripples from the inside of our hearts to the windows of our souls—the eyes. Matthew 6:22 speaks of the eyes as such, “the eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.”
Anyone who has had a teenager roll their eyes at them knows about haughty eyes. Attitude in capital letters.
Oh, yeah. I had it. I had turned the fear of instability and the hate for the lifestyle I’d suffered into an impenetrable shell. And any attitude that I received in return only fueled my own.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
And Proverbs 18:12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
Each time something I did or said came back on me, it stung. I didn’t realize it, but God was trying to reach out to me and prove my attitude needed to go. I’m ashamed to tell you how many times I went around in circles having to learn that lesson.
Eventually God used His Word as an industrial Windex to clean up my haughtiness. Years later I would come full circle to Proverbs 6 while raising teenagers. I found out not only did God hate haughty eyes, I did, too. Luckily for my children, I’d already learned how futile it was. I knew better, and with a humble spirit I taught my kids about what their eyes said.
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