Many changes have occurred in the past 110 years. My grandfather was born in 1906. He saw change on a scale that is almost unimaginable. Consider:
- Horse and buggy gave way to automobiles
- Mule teams gave way to tractors
- Changes in communications were mind-boggling
- The power of the atom was harnessed
- Men walked on the moon
- The internet and the ever-increasing pace of man’s growing knowledge
In all of this, how can an ancient tool teach us anything? The answer may surprise you!
What is a Plumb Line?
Masons have used them for centuries. People born in the seventies and after probably don’t know what a plumb line is. It’s a simple tool. A weight of any sort (a rock, a piece of wood, a bolt, or a plumb-bob) is tied to a string. When the string is held up, the weight stretches the string and when it has become perfectly still, the string is a true vertical line.
Buildings can’t be built if the walls are not truly vertical. Even a slight degree of ‘leaning’ can cause disaster. Ever heard of a famous leaning tower in Italy? The walls must be straight and vertical for the structure to be sound. This ancient, simple tool gave an objective and reliable indication of ‘straight-up-and-down.’ God mentioned this tool to Amos:
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. I will spare them no longer.’ Amos 7:7-8
God’s Word is the objective measure of the ‘rightness’ of our lives. We may think our lives are straight, but God’s Word is the objective test of that assumption. We live in a day of subjective ‘truth’ and relative ‘truth.’ We entertain the notion that something can be ‘true’ for one person but not ‘true’ for another. Huh? The folly is easy to see!
To successfully challenge the errors of that kind of thinking in the world, we have to first confront it in ourselves and in our churches. There is objective, independent, outside-of-ourselves Truth. It exists in the Word of God and the Person of Jesus Christ. His Word is life to us, no matter what others may say or circumstances may dictate.
God has placed a plumb line in the lives of His children. We often need to come back to some very basic, simple truths that ought to mark our lives as Christians. Examining some of these things is a great follow-up to Resurrection Sunday! Tune in tomorrow.