Last week my sister gave me something that she’d found while packing up to move. This is it.
At the time she found it, she didn’t know how significant it was for me. It’s significant because for the last couple of years, Father has had me holding tight to the plumb line that is Jesus himself.
Then he showed me another 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 to me, “Amos, what do you see?”
I answered, “A plumb line.”
There’s something wonderful about a plumb line. It has a fantastic simplicity to it. It’s a pointed weight on a cord or string. It’s not complicated. But it is incredibly powerful in its simplicity. It has the ability to hold everything to a central point, a central focus.
A plumb line can keep straight the tallest buildings as they are being built. And did you know that plumb lines are still used today to check whether Salisbury Cathedral is still straight and hasn’t started to lean? An incredibly simple instrument, but with one amazing purpose. Alignment!
This is Jesus himself, the plumb line of the Father. The further I walk on this journey, the more I come to love the simplicity of Jesus himself. And the more I appreciate being able to hold to Christ in me, the plumb line within, as a central focus in every situation and circumstance.
“Keep simplifying everything until all you have is Jesus.”
Everything? Yes, everything!
When Amos sees the Lord holding the plumb line, it’s all about alignment. When we recognize that Jesus himself is the plumb line of the Father, that is something comforting for us. In all his simplicity, Jesus never wavers or moves or changes.
He himself is the starting point, the focus of alignment for all that he wants to build.
He is the check to ensure that something is still aligned.
And he is the focal point of truth and reality when everything appears to be falling down around us.
There was a guy called Job who, in his own way, held to and focused on the plumb line. To hold to the plumb line is to know that Jesus is who and what he says he is, and that what he has said is true.
Job held to what he knew to be true when all his possessions were taken or destroyed and his servants were killed. He held fast when his children were killed.
And he held to the truth when his health was afflicted. Not once did he waver or lose focus. He held to the plumb line, no matter what. When others told him to “curse God and die”, he held fast to Truth. It says that “In all this, Job did not sin with his lips.”
I wonder how many times have I compromised Truth because things got too tough? How many times have I let go of the plumb line that is Jesus himself, or compromised on what he has said, simply because circumstances around me were more than I could bear? Perhaps you have done this too.
Maybe we have, with apparent confidence, spouted the words “Seek first the Kingdom of God” when everything is comfortable and we have no troubles or problems. And maybe at times we have spoken them but not really sought the Kingdom at all because everything is so comfortable! But do we hold fast when things get tough. I wonder if our Father has the same confidence in us that he had in Job?
I know how powerful it can be to hold fast no matter what. I’ve been learning to do that these last few years, and even more so these last few months. I know how Father gently but firmly holds the plumb line in the centre, and encourages us to choose Life and align ourselves with Jesus himself in the centre of our being. That is the power of simplifying everything until all we have is Jesus. It is the confidence we have that when Father has said something, we can hold to that knowing the Truth and knowing that whatever may happen, he is good and only has good plans for his children. No matter what is going on around us.
Let me encourage you today to align yourself with the plumb line that is Jesus himself in the centre of your very being, and hold fast no matter what. Hold fast to the Truth that he is who and what he says he is, and that what he has said he will fulfil in you and through you.
Eat the Living Bread, drink the Living Water.