July 5

Amos 7:7-9

“And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by;’” vs. 8

With the aid of a plumb line a worker can always find the true vertical and will know in an instant if a wall is crooked or straight. The prophet Amos uses it as a metaphor to describe how the people of Israel had wandered away from the way of the Lord. They no longer measured up…and there would be consequences! It’s a good question for any follower of Jesus too. How well do we measure up? As the years have passed are our lives still in plumb? Or have we yielded to the desires of the age and become careless about the way that we live? It’s easy to do when we’ve been steeped in a gospel of grace and assured of God’s steadfast love. We begin to imagine that it really doesn’t make any difference if we’re crooked or straight and that we can pretty much do as we please with no consequences. And that’s just not true! It’s not that we run the risk of going to hell when we die, but we can certainly mess up life in the present. Through Jesus Christ we know the way to experience joy in the midst of suffering. It’s simply a matter of being awake to the presence of the Divine in all that exists…including ourselves!

Thought for the Day: How’s my life measuring up?

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