Amos was a shepherd when God called him to preach to the northern kingdom of Israel. For more than one hundred and fifty years, the northern kingdom had worshipped by their own set of rules and even began to worship other gods. Amos was sent to reveal their sin and call the people to repentance. He warned they must return to God with all their heart or face certain judgment.
“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. Then the Lord said, ‘Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.'”
Building a wall seems relatively easy: stack one brick on top of another until the proper height and width is achieved. But without a reference line, it’s nearly impossible to determine when the wall is straight. Without a true standard as a guide, our well-intended efforts produce a jagged mess which will soon crumble and fall. Plumb lines have been used in the building process for thousands of years as a stable reference, a true standard. A plumb line is simply a string with a weight on one end which will hang straight because of the unchanging pull of gravity.
God used a plumb line to show that the people of Israel had once been true, but now they were building their lives without a reference. God had established clear guidelines and preserved them within His Word. He was now bringing judgments according to His unchanging standard; “I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line” (Isaiah 28:17).
The people did not listen to Amos’ plea. They continued to live outside God’s will and were guided by their own evil desires. God’s judgment came thirty years after the end of Amos’ ministry as He allowed the Assyrian army to march through the northern kingdom and bring complete destruction in 722 BC.
God is making the same call to us today. We cannot continue to build using the world’s system of values as our reference. The world’s system is a standard in constant change, sinking deeper and deeper into the slimy pit. We may try to justify our actions by remaining slightly “above” the standard of the world, but as this standard continues to sink, we will continue to follow it down. This should NOT be our chosen path!!
Our lives need an unchanging reference to call us back when we stray. This reference must be the Word of God which calls us to a life of absolute pure devotion. When we build on the foundation of Christ and determine to love Him with ALL our heart, His Word ensures we will rise tall and not be found leaning to the left or right. Let’s build a life which is true and does not waver. Let’s live by His Word and build according to God’s plumb line.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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May 24 2 Samuel 4:1-6:23; John 13:31-14:14; Psalm 119:17-35; Proverbs 15:31-32