Square with God’s Way

Reading in Amos 7, there are three visions given to Amos in order to warn God’s people of impending judgment. The first vision is the Lord preparing swarms of locusts that would destroy their crops. Then there was a vision of the Lord’s judgment by fire and the land drying up. The third vision was the Lord standing near a wall with a plumb line in His hand. A plumb line is use by carpenters to make sure the walls are lined up and square so this vision explained that Israel’s conduct did not “square” with God’s way.

Even though Amos had compassion and pleaded with God to not bring down His judgment upon the people, his warnings were not accepted by the priest named Amaziah who went against Amos. He even sent a message to the king of Israel named Jeroboam that Amos was raising a conspiracy against the king and the nation of Israel (v. 10). Amaziah told Amos to leave the country and go back to Judah.

As we go through life, it’s not always clear who we should listen to. So many people call themselves experts in certain fields but many times they seem to be wrong. The thing to keep in mind is that God has your best interest in mind. Many times, the expert telling us what to do has a personal agenda and does not have our best interest in mind.

I submit that God has our best interest and the way to evaluate our life is to use a tool. It’s like a “plumb line” so that we are “square” with God’s way. This tool to use is His Word with its principles and commands.

Lord, we are thankful for your Word that keeps us square with your Way. By following Your Word, our days are amazing but without You and and Your word, our life is a mess. There is a beautiful and refreshing simplicity from the Gospel message that sets us free and never lets us down. Lord, our growing faith will never be taken away or depleted and our hope for the future is bright because we are square with Your Way. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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