Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Plumb Line of God


A Plumb Line is a builder's tool that gauges the trueness of a structure. Is the wall truly perpendicular to the ground. Are the bricks aligned straight to each other? The prophet Amos saw a plumb line and the King of Israel saw that his kingdom did not measure up to the judgment of God. His response was to ask the prophet to go south and prophesy to Judah. Of course this only removed Israel from the hearing of the word. It did not remove God’s judgment.

How do we know if we measure up to God? By hearing His Word. Jesus states that our faith is like a structure built on a firm foundation. Jesus says, “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” (Lk. 6:46-49)

Let us hear the word of God and be doers as well! (James 1:19-25) Then our hearts will measure up to God’s judgment and our faith will be built upon the sure foundation of Jesus our Lord! As Isaiah promised, “Whoever believes will not be in haste. And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plumb line:...” Isaiah 28:16b, 17)