Plumb Line of Truth!
Scripture reading for September 15th: Amos 6-7
I have always liked the story of Amos and the plumb line. I’ve used a plumb line in building several times in my life. As a farmer, I used simple tools to build facilities for my animals. The plumb line was used to make sure walls were straight up and down and posts in buildings were in their proper alignment. The plumb line works by gravity. A heavy pointed brass “bob” suspended by a line always pointed straight down and the line is perpendicular to the earth. It was simple and worked to measure vertical alignment!
“This is what He showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in His hand. And the Lord asked me, “What do you see Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. The the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among My people Israel; I will spare them no longer.” (Amos 7:7-8) Amos had a vision of the Lord holding plumb line. This vision represented God’s measuring His people’s vertical alignment with Him and His law. God gave them His law to help them but they were complacent and spent their time in luxury, feasting and drinking. (Amos 6:1-7)
God also sent prophets like Amos and Hosea to call the people back to this proper vertical alignment and warn them where their lives were out of plumb! In a sense, Amos was God’s messenger holding the plumb line of His word to warn the people that God was going to judge them! The truth that Amos spoke was not well received by the leaders of the nation. Amaziah, the priest at Bethel, sent Amos away! “Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Eat your bread there and do your prophesying there. Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, for this is the king’s sanctuary and temple of the kingdom.” (Amos 7:12-13)
When the Lord warns His people, it is better to listen and obey than try to eliminate the prophet with the plumb line. How does your life line up? Are you in alignment with God and His holy word? Are you trying to shut up the voice of God by avoiding church or Bible reading? Why not make some changes today?