Read it! Amos 7
This is what the Lord 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.”
Think it through
I love how the Lord gives us images we can understand amidst so much that we cannot. From Moses’ histories to the Prophets’ warnings, and from Jesus’ parables to Paul’s letters, God uses relatable images to make things real to us. When we take the time to really study His word and enter into the setting and context, we can see and feel exactly what He intended!
I can see that plumb line. The Lord had given very clear, perfectly right commandments to Israel. Those commandments are as straight and true as a plumb line used to make a strong wall. Instead of building a strong nation according to God’s law, the Israelites had allowed everything to become skewed. By shifting who and how they worshiped, they pushed their entire nation off balance until it tottered dangerously. They were about to topple under God’s judgment, and still they would not listen.
How am I allowing my life to tilt away from true uprightness? Sometimes it’s exaggeration in my speech. Or complaining…or other attention seeking behavior. Embracing frustration rather than pursuing patience.
I need to allow God’s word to be my guide, my plumb line, and straighten up my act.
Live it like you mean it
How are you allowing yourself to tilt away from true uprightness? What are the little things in your behavior or attitude that need adjusted? Choose one way you’re going to straighten up your act this week. Write yourself a reminder about it and post it on your mirror or stick it to your phone.
I’m going to cut back on the drama in my speech this week (and I don’t even consider myself to be a very dramatic person!). But I’m going to focus on simple truths and positive attitudes, bringing myself back to true. Note on mirror, check!
Lift it up
Jesus, I thank You for Your perfectly true example. Help me to measure myself against You, always. May my attitudes line up with Yours and my actions mirror Yours. Please help me to be a woman after Your own heart. Amen.
Tell Me About It:
I’d love to hear how you’re reminding yourself to make your change this week!
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