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. Then 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 was given a vision of God holding a plumb line up to the people of Israel. They were found to be off of being straight and true to God, so God planned to destroy them.
Plumb lines are used by carpenters to determine if something is built straight. The line that is being determined is the vertical line, going up and down. If a building or a wall is not built perfectly straight, it will cause many problems, very quickly. It could easily fall over, and the other sections of the building will not be able to line up correctly.
If a carpenter holds up a plumb line and the wall is not straight, he will tear it down and restart. Throughout the building process, he will use the plumb line on a regular basis to keep everything straight. Most people who are not carpenters will not use the plumb line. They will just use their eyesight and trust it is straight.
God has a plumb line that He uses to measure the success of building people up. His plumb line is Jesus and His Word. The plumb line is the measuring tool to determine if a person is lining up correctly with what God wants. This line is from earth to heaven, from sinful man to God’s holy righteousness.
Very often people try to build themselves up, but do not use God’s measuring line. They use their own eyes and measure themselves against others. This can cause problems, because their plumb line may not be straight and true. Their life is built on a crooked line.
As a believer, you must keep your life lined up with God’s standards. Allow God to build you up His way, which will always be straight and true to His Word. Do not follow people or churches, but God. Let His plumb line be your measuring device.
How do you measure up to God’s holy righteousness?
I pray today that you will know God’s plumb line for your life; that God will reveal to you how to live your life for Him; that God will build you up straight and true to Him; and that God will find that you are a great building for His kingdom.