The Plumb Line
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
The kind of instrument we use to measure our lives will often determine the kinds of problems we uncover. If we use a faulty guideline, we won't be able to make an accurate assessment. We may wonder why we aren't progressing in our recovery programs. It may be that we need to look closely at the measuring stick we are using to uncover our problem areas.
The prophet Amos recorded this vision: "I saw the Lord standing beside a wall that had been built using a plumb line. He was using a plumb line to see if it was still straight. And the LORD said, . . . 'I will test my people with this plumb line'_" (Amos 7:7-8).
A plumb line is a length of string that has a weight tied to one end. When you hold the string up, letting the weighted end hang down, gravity ensures that the string is perfectly vertical. When held next to a building structure, the plumb line provides something sure by which to check whether the building is "in line" with the physical universe or not. If a building is built in line with the plumb line, the structure will be sturdy and function well.
The same holds true in the spiritual realm. God's Word is our spiritual plumb line. Just as we can't argue with the law of gravity, we can't change the spiritual laws revealed in the Bible. It is to our advantage to measure our lives by that divine plumb line. And when things don't measure up, it is important that we admit there is a problem and start rebuilding accordingly.
God's Word is our plumb line, keeping us in line with his loving plans for us.