The prophet and the plumb line!
Scripture reading for September 15th: 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 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 for the nation and the Lord relented. The second vision concerned a judgment by fire on the nation and Amos again interceded and the Lord relented. Believers prayers are powerful!
The third vision was about a plumb line and a wall that was built true to plumb. A plumb line is a line of string with a pointed weight on the bottom. It is held up near a wall and shows clearly if the wall is perpendicular or not. The more out of plumb, the more the wall is in danger of collapsing.
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 to keep them straight. The people, however, refused to love God and obey His law. He was their builder and maker and lived in their midst. He sent prophets to drop the plumb line and 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 by 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) A positive response to Amos and his message would have brought the people back into proper alignment. This time the wall would fall! (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 God’s word? Today is a good day to straighten up and make the necessary changes!