How Do We Line Up?

Do you pay attention to things which don’t quite line up correctly? Things that aren’t level? You know, like pictures?

Among the variety of things that bug me, unlevel wall hangings is near the top of the list. Pictures. Mirrors. Plaques. Whatevers. I can’t help it. I notice them everywhere I go.

When I see pictures in our house which need straightened, I straighten them. Do you have any idea how much restraint it takes not to reach out and straighten things in others’ homes or offices? Especially all those crooked posters in doctors’ waiting rooms.

In the same way it bothers me to see unlevel things hanging on a wall, I imagine it bugs God to look at our lives and see them deviate, even by a minuscule amount, from his level, his truth.

We might look at ourselves and think we aren’t that bad. We’re only a little off-kilter. It isn’t that big a deal. No one will notice.

But God notices, and it’s a big deal to him. So much so, he went to great extremes to make sure there was a way to make us level. To make us straight. To make us pleasing to him.

Maybe we’re unlevel because our foundation’s cracked. Maybe we’re unlevel because we’re lining ourselves up with those on the wall beside us who aren’t level. Maybe we’re unlevel because we’ve been jarred by the knocks we’ve taken. Or maybe our frame is warped.

Whatever the reason, the solution remains the same. We need to pull out God’s level – the Bible – read his directions, and measure ourselves against that. Then, and only then, will we be able to do what I often heard my dad say, “Straighten up, and fly right!”

So what bugs you? What’s that one irritating thing you have trouble looking beyond?

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The Lord showed me a vision of himself standing beside a wall and holding a string with a weight tied to the end of it. The string and weight had been used to measure the straightness of the wall. Then he asked, “Amos, what do you see?”

“A measuring line,” I answered.

The Lord said, “I’m using this measuring line to show that my people Israel don’t measure up, and I won’t forgive them any more.  Amos 7:7-8 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Judged By God’s Plumb Line

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Pilot has worked hard on remodeling our master bath. As the final parts and pieces came in place a discovery was made. Our walls are not plumb. They are not straight. They deviate from the standard. As a result…there is a gap between the wall and our new counter top. To make matters worse, the gap varies in width.

So what happened when the house was built all those decades ago? Didn’t the carpenter check his plumb line to make sure the newly installed wall was vertically straight? Did the ground shift and throw everything off?

Growing up, I loved rummaging in my dad’s work room. He had some fascinating tools. I loved watching him tinker and repair. He was a perfectionist. If it was worth doing, it was worth doing right.

A couple of the fascinating tools he owned were a plumb line and a level. I loved to watch them wobble back and forth until they decided what was plumb, and where center was.

God uses a plumb line and a level, too. His building plans are in the Bible. Instructions inside its pages tell us how to live our lives. They show us what is lined up with God’s standards.

According to Webster’s dictionary, a plumb line is a tool that consists of a small, heavy object attached to a string or rope and that is used especially to see if something (such as a wall) is perfectly vertical.

According to the Dictionary of the Bible, it is a cord weighted with lead that is used in building to check that vertical structures are true. It is used symbolically to refer to the divine standard God, the builder of his people, uses to test and judge them. It also symbolizes the standards by which God will rebuild his people.

One day God will take out his plumb line, hold it against the walls of our lives, and judge accordingly. Don’t you think we should make sure we’ve paid attention? Studied his Word so we know right from wrong. Kept from letting the world distract us from our purpose? We must not be satisfied that our walls are good enough to pass inspection by the world’s standards. It’s God’s plumb line we’ll be measured against.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Leave your comments below.

The Lord showed me a vision of himself standing beside a wall and holding a string with a weight tied to the end of it. The string and weight had been used to measure the straightness of the wall. Then he asked, “Amos, what do you see?”

“A measuring line,” I answered.

The Lord said, “I’m using this measuring line to show that my people Israel don’t measure up, and I won’t forgive them any more.               Amos 7:7-8 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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