Reading: Amos 7: 7-9
Visions are not something we are too accustomed to today. But in the Old Testament and some in the New Testament, visions were one of God’s methods of communication with His people. Visions often came through prophets in the Old Testament and through the apostles in the New Testament. In today’s reading the prophet Amos is receiving a vision from God. As was the case with many of the visions, here God is giving Amos the vision to try and get Israel back in alignment with God. Visions, this one included, also often lay out the consequences of continuing to live outside of a right relationship with God.
In these verses God tells Amos that He will “set a plumb line among my people Israel”. Plumb lines are used to keep a wall true or straight while you are building it. It is a way to make sure all is right and correct. Here God is using the metaphor as a means of judgment as He goes on to say, “I will spare them no longer” and then describes their downfall.
Today we might not receive many visions, but for a follower of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit works much the same way. The Holy Spirit speaks into our lives, prompting us to reach out here, to offer of ourselves there, not to do that or go there. The still, small voice keeps us in alignment with God’s ways and purposes for our lives. And much like a vision, the Spirit also warns us of the dangers of temptation and sin while also reminding us of the consequences of choosing to live outside of a right relationship with God.
Thousands of years later God’s desires for His people has not changed. God desires for each of us “to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8). Each day, as we seek God’s will and purposes for our lives, may we seek these things as we live out our faith wherever God sends us.