Hateful: #1 – Is the Light On?
“There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV
It’s hard to imagine God hating anything. Yet, Solomon gives us: God’s Top 7 Hate List and number one on the Hate List is haughty eyes.
Lights. Jack-o-lanterns illuminate the front porch and show off the creative designs of the pumpkin carver. Landscape lighting spotlights trees and flowers while showing us the safest way to the door. Christmas lights brighten both home and spirit in the cold, dark of winter. Jesus says in Matthew 6: 22, 23 (NIV), “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Haughty eyes make for a darkened lamp. A heart that overvalues itself and undervalues others finds its expression on the face, namely, through haughty eyes.
So, how’s your lamp? Is your flame flickering or burning brightly?
Light exposes darkness and reveals places that may make us stumble. Light also marks the right path and spotlights the good and the beautiful. Matthew 5: 14 (NIV) says, ‘You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Without light, we stumble and so do those around us. Don’t allow pride to darken your lamp. Keep your lantern burning clearly with the light of humility. Humility’s soft glow points the way out of darkness to the kingdom of light and to the Savior who reigns there. Is your light on?