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God’s Daily Word – by Steve Troxel

God’s Plumb Line

Amos was a shepherd when God called him to preach to the northern kingdomof 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.

Amos 7:7-8
“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.'”

A plumb line is simply a string with a weight on one end which will hang straight because of the unchanging pull of gravity.  Plumb lines have been used for thousands of years as a guide.  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.

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.  This 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 follow it right 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.

The Living Word

In the message “God’s Plumb Line” we were encouraged to build our lives upon the absolute and unwavering standard of God’s Word.  His Word is truth and holds the answer to every problem we will ever confront.  If we search for answers and prayerfully reflect on the truth of God’s Word – if we indeed consider His Word as absolute and unchanging, and apply it directly into our life – we will find the solutions have been available long before we were born.

Hebrews 4:12-13
“For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

Without changing in content or meaning, the Word of God adapts to every situation.  If we maintain the habit of reading and reflective study, we will find new insights in what appear to be the peeling back of multiple
layers of understanding.  But it is actually us who are being peeled back and laid bare by the ever present truths of His Word.

The passage, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5), will have a much different meaning after we’ve obediently followed God for several years.  Each time adversity strikes and doubts arise, we will find an ever deeper calling in the phrase “with ALL your heart.” And though we walk with Him for all the rest of our days, we may never fully appreciate the words; “God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  How our lives would change if we could ever fully understand His love!

We do not truly “dig deeper” into the Word; rather, the Word digs deeper into us!  Scriptural truths are not revealed until our hunger is so great that we are willing to place our life on the table and allow the sword of truth to cut deep inside. Do we really desire to know God, His Word, and His Spirit?  Do we really want to understand the depth of God’s love and the implications of His justice?  Then be advised: even necessary and beneficial surgery can be painful.  When our chest is opened, the condition of our heart is revealed; and that which is dark and displeasing must be cut away and burned.

But fear not!  Our Heavenly Father is a skilled surgeon who can make our heart new and prepared to yield to His Spirit.  The solution to our most complex problems is always found in His presence, and He has given His Word to show us how to draw near.  Our lives are in need of some divine surgery today!  Let’s allow our heart to be cut by the truth – to be exposed and purified by the Living Word.

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September 2, 2008 - Posted by | In the News

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