Amos and the plumb line!
Scripture reading for September 13th: Amos 6-7
“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 received a series of visions from the Sovereign Lord about the coming judgment on the nation. The first vision concerned a swarm of locusts stripping the land clean. (Amos 7:1-3) Amos interceded and the Lord relented. The second vision concerned a judgment by fire and Amos again interceded and the Lord relented. Prayer by one man can make a difference! We must never stop praying and believing!
Amos saw the Lord standing by a wall with a plumb line in His hand. A plumb line was line of string with a pointed weight on the bottom. It was held up near the wall and showed clearly if the wall was perpendicular. In this vision, the wall that was built true to plumb was the nation of Israel. God had “squared” them away and put His law as a plumb line in their midst. The people, however, refused to love God and obey His law. He sent prophets to drop the plumb line into the lives of His people and show them that their wall was out of plumb! Amos had been sent to warn them of their complacency and materialism. (Amos 6:1, 4-6) They were living lives of luxury, feasting and drinking but had forgotten the God!
Amos got the left foot of fellowship from King Amaziah. He was told not to speak any more in Israel but to go back to Judah where he came from. (Amos 7:12-13) The rejection of correction meant that their wall would have to fall. If they would have listened and repented, they would have been kept safe. (Amos 7:16-17)
How is the wall of your life? Is the plumb line of God’s truth being dropped regularly alongside of it? Are you listening and reading and heeding the plumb line? Today is a good day to straighten up and make the necessary changes!