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‘The Perfect Carpenter’ (Amos 7) by Dennis Aygeman #LAFruits Devotional

Reading: Amos 7, Psalm 21
@thelafamily August 25


The Perfect Carpenter

TEXT: Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore. Amos 7:8

When I was a young boy, the kids in my neighborhood built a clubhouse. We were able to get the floor level, but we were having trouble making the sideboards fit because we didn’t use a plumb line. Carpenters often use a plumb line to make sure walls are square with the floor. It is a string with a weight on it that hangs straight down to guide the builder when he puts up a wall. In the end, our finished product looked like the leaning Tower of Pisa.

In Amos 7, we read about another kind of plumb line. The Lord first told Amos about a swarm of locusts and a great fire, which were pictures foretelling the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel. After the prophet prayed and the Lord agreed to delay His judgment, Amos was given a vision of a straight wall. The Lord was standing by it with a plumb line because Israel’s conduct didn’t “square” with God’s laws, they experienced God’s wrath ( Amos 7:8-9).

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a plumb line by which we can evaluate our lives. It is the Word of God with its principles and commands.

LEARN and APPLY: When we follow the Lord’s directives, we need not fear what His plumb line will reveal in our lives.

Pray: Lord, when faced with moral choices, speak clear in my spirit so I will always see what the Scriptures teach. Amen

Written by Dennis Aygeman of @thelafamily