God’s Wisdom is the Only Gauge to Measure By
God’s wisdom enables us to evaluate where we are in life. He sets the standards by which we are to live our lives. Proverbs 4:24 speaks of just one such standard to measure ourselves by – “Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” Verse 25 goes on to state, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”
Often, we depart God’s path out of distraction. We allow life’s distractions to lead us down other paths. The blinders used on horses would do many of us good. Hebrews 12:2a says, that we should be “fixing our eyes on Jesus…” He is our gauge to measure by, He is our plumb line.
A plumb line is a line with a weight (plumb bob) at one end. When suspended next to a workpiece, the plumb line defines vertical. The term plumb refers to a line or feature that is perfectly vertical. In technical design, it represents an imaginary line that runs straight to the center of the earth. Plumb is the counterpart to level, which means to be perfectly horizontal.
“This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.” – Amos 7:7-8
An interesting word picture for the people of Amos’ time. They would have been familiar with stone masons using a plumb line to make sure their work was true & good.
God’s moral law is the plumb line against which we determine right and wrong – John 17:17 – “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” God sets the standard for our lives,
- not our employer
- not pop-culture
- not our friends
- not society
- not the government
- not our town, city, or state
God’s Word, God’s wisdom is the plumb line we should be measuring ourselves by.
Oddly enough, when we do, we are kept humble. If we are honest, we usually find we do not quite measure up! This is when you thank God for Grace!
SO THIS IS WHAT THE SOVEREIGN LORD SAYS: “SEE, I LAY A STONE IN ZION, A TESTED STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE FOR A SURE FOUNDATION; THE ONE WHO RELIES ON IT WILL NEVER BE STRICKEN WITH PANIC. I WILL MAKE JUSTICE THE MEASURING LINE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THE PLUMB LINE;…”