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Thursday, August 29, 2019
"The Plumb Line"
Message summary: May we all set our standards using God's plumb line.
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"Thus He showed me, and behold, the Lord was standing by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand. The Lord said to me, 'What do you see, Amos?' And I said, 'A plumb line.' Then the Lord said, 'Behold I am about to put a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel'" (Amos 7:7,8).
I value my tool collection I've acquired throughout my lifetime, including a gifting from my dad when he was no longer able to use his tools. A tool I rarely use is the plumb line. Generally a level works fine for the kind of home maintenance and improvement projects I do.
The dictionary defines a plumb line as "a line (as of cord) that has at one end a weight (as a plumb bob) and is used especially to determine verticality." The plumb line employs the law of gravity to establish what is "plumb" (that is, what is exactly vertical, or true). In a sense, the plumb line is the vertical equivalent of the line level.
The plumb line is an ancient tool dating back to biblical times used to determine vertical accuracy. Several Bible texts refer to the plumb line and Jesus very likely used a plumb line when he worked as a carpenter.
Everyone needs a standard that will keep them on the right track in life. Everyone needs a plumb line. The Word of God is a timeless plumb line for determining a center line in life.
We appreciate these thoughtful words from "I Will Stand", a Gold City song we heard the other night at a concert in Lebanon.
I see a nation on the brink, I see a people prone to think
That truth is like an ocean wave, changing with the tide.
But for me there has to be an absolute, a center line
And it's the Word of God eternal, the cornerstone of Christ.
Indeed, for so many, truth is like an ocean wave. Paul used the wave as an illustration in Ephesians 4 writing of those who are "tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine".
Today we pray for ourselves and for each of you to regularly examine your life using God's plumb line, the Holy Bible. Its teaching provides an absolute, a center line. "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
Let us determine to live by Biblical convictions, whether popular or not. The song "I Will Stand" has this powerful chorus that speaks of the believer's resolve to stand firm in their convictions no matter what we encounter because Jesus is our Rock; He is our firm foundation.
I will stand upon the truth of Jesus
He's the reason I'm alive
So how can I not live to make Him known
I will give my all to make it count
With no shadow of a doubt
Who He is, Who I am
I will stand!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily Prayer: Father, when Jesus declared to His disciples, I am the way, the truth, and the life a plumb line was drawn for them and for us. When we want to know what is the truth and what is a lie, we can measure it against the words of Jesus, who Himself is the truth. Many people define truth based on their emotions, opinions, experience, or current philosophical views. But Jesus is truth incarnate—the perfect expression of His Father and therefore the absolute embodiment of all that is true. For that we are thankful. Amen.
Follow-up to yesterday's message on "The Sin Which So Easily Entangles": Our friend David Penley observes: "As I was reading your opening story, I immediately thought of Jesus' words in Matthew 5:29-30. I don't think we have to take that literally, but your friend's action is a good example of how we can put it into practice."
Then I read one of those funny but thought-provoking articles on the Babylon Bee satire site, "Covenant Eyes Eradicates Pornography Addiction With New, Highly Effective Eye-Plucking Feature".
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