“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)
I love watching HGTV with DIY (Do It Yourself) projects and homes being built or remodeled in a matter of hours! I love watching them, I do not love doing them. I am always surprised at how quickly and easily the DIY projects are completed in comparison to how complicated they become when I attempt them. It is easy to get sucked into the magic of television.
I believe it can be that way in our spiritual walk, too. We can get sucked into thinking that spiritual growth can come from listening to a sermon one hour a week. I believe the Israelites wanted to serve God like that. They wanted to include God when it was convenient and not fully surrender to Him. God became tired of their disobedience and tolerance of other gods. He spoke through Amos to let the Israelites know that God’s judgment was coming.
God used the visual of a plumb line as an example. A plumb line is a tool that builders use to ensure their vertical structures are true and plumb. God uses this as a symbol to refer to the divine standard against which God, the builder of his people, tests and judges them. Israel had fallen way short and God was bringing judgment upon them.
God holds us to the same standard (plumb line). Everyone falls short of that standard and does not measure up (Romans 3:23). But, by God’s grace, His son Jesus Christ is the cornerstone for believers. (Ephesians 2:20) Because of Jesus’ perfect life that was sacrificed for sinners, we can find redemption and forgiveness in our failings. We need a relationship with Jesus, who is our cornerstone. He provides a firm foundation, so that when God’s judgment comes, we will be found holy in His sight.