July 16 – Amos 5-9

In chapter 7 of Amos, Amos speaks of a vision the Lord showed him; a plumb line.  What is a plumb line?  A plumb line is basically a string with a weight suspended on the end of the line.  It is used to measure or determine verticality or depth. A plumb line is a line regarded as directed exactly toward the earth’s center of gravity.

Think about that for a moment.  If we were to use a plumb line to measure our walk with God where would it line up?  Because a plumb line will line up with the center of gravity it would be straight.  It will not bend to the right or to the left…if it does we are not plumb. In the time of Amos I suspect the line was horizontal.  They had gotten so far off course that drastic measures were required.

If God were to hold a plumb line up to your life and your relationship with Him would it be plumb?  Or, would it be horizontal rather than vertical, or would it be only slightly off to the right or to the left?

Did you notice the definition – it is used to measure verticality or depth.  Our walk with God, our relationship with God should be a vertical one and it should always be developing depth; Depth in knowledge, depth in the relationship and depth in character,

We must not be fooled; we can be reading the Word daily, praying faithfully, and even doing some right things and not be plumb.  Much of it is a heart matter. God is the only one who can reveal our true plumb line. How vertical are you… are you getting a wee bit horizontal (in other words, going the way of the World); are you developing depth in your relationship with God?   In order to be correctly aligned or plumb we must use the correct plumb line, one that is True to vertical; God. My challenge to you today is to take some time and go before God and ask him to show you the condition of your plumb line.

Until next time – Be encouraged

Sandra

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Chronicles 27 and Isaiah 9-12

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About Sandra

I became a writer in my later years. I love blogging and sharing life with others. I speak to women's groups about the Christian life.
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One Response to July 16 – Amos 5-9

  1. Jack Bass says:

    Chapter 6 tells us we should never be to puffed up or to be swelled with pride because Gods mandates will come and there is nothing we can do about it. God admonishes the ones who think they have it all and don’t need him in their lives. He tells them that they consume way to much pleasure or what they feel is pleasure but they will be the first he exiles. The rest of the chapter tells of the horrible things that are about to take place with the Israeli nation. Chapter 7 Amos is prophesying to the Israeli nation about what God has in store for them. Horrible deeds that they will hate when they happen. Verse 7 tells me that God was having a conversation with Amos and Amos was seeing him and talking with God himself. The Lord told him that he would spare Israel no longer. He is fed up with their continued falling away from him and his word. Jeroboam the King of Israel got word that Amos was stirring up the people with words of doom for the Israeli nation. He orders Amos back to his native Judah thinking that will end the problem. Amos tell the King that he was a lowly Shepard when the Lord appeared to him and gave him the power of Prophesy. Amos then tells the King what is about to happen to his family and his nation and none of what he tells is very pretty. He tells him that his wife will be a prostitute and his sons and daughters will die by the sword. Also his country Israel will go into exile. Chapter 8 A conversation with God what a blessing that would be. But the things he told Amos weren’t to pleasant to hear. What he hears is basically the destruction of Israel. This chapter is all about what evil things the Israeli people have done and how God hates it when we take advantage of people less fortunate than we are. Moral is Be good to others and God will be good to you. Chapter 9 Tells us that all the sinners in Israel will be destroyed and that all will die no matter how they try to hide from the wrath of God. Verses 11-15 tells us of Gods love for his people when he rebuilds there country as it was only better. He promises Israel that they will never be uprooted from their land again. I wonder if the folks that are trying to destroy Israel have ever read these words from the bible or they like so many have only read from their own book written by some man with an agenda. In Christ, Jack.

    Father God I can’t imagine what it would be like to be able to see you and sit with you and talk to you but when I think about it that’s what I am doing right now because I know that you are with me in this very room and hear my words. Father I love you so much and long to be with you in Heaven. I seek blessings on my church, the sick in my church and our Missionaries around the world. In Jesus most holy name I pray. Amen.

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