DO YOU HAVE A PLUMB LINE?
A major part of the problem is that people have too much. They are now prospering; they have done well, and their success has led them to forget the God who saved them. Now they are depending on themselves and their own judgment – what seems right to them.
They feel that they have done very well for themselves. They look at their own achievements and ask, “Why do I need to listen to anyone else? Look at how successful I am.” Their abundance has led them to revere their own abilities. Because of their success, it is difficult for them to hear the judgment that God is sending through his prophet Amos.
One preacher put it very well. “The text is an illustration of the idolatry of human power. When our sole focus is upon our own achievements and place in the world, we lose sight of where we are placed in this greater creation and who has placed us here. We pile up our resumes and our awards and our bank accounts and stand upon them, believing that they make us big. But what we stand upon is mere froth in front of God’s measuring plumb line.”
Their success led to their failure. Because they were so pleased with how well they had done, they saw no need for the God who rescued them from slavery and gave them the plumb line of a true, honest, and just way of life.
TO BE CONTINUED ………