Today, in the reading from Amos 7, God uses the picture of a plumb line on His people. God’s people have gotten out of plumb/level with God and needed to get back on track before the judgement of God would come. The people of God were looking at their lives and their lives seemed ok and great, but then God held His plumb line against the people and they failed miserably. This is the same truth we need to realize and hear today. When the church looks at itself with its own eyes, we look great and like we are doing well. But when the church holds the plumb/level line and standard from God against itself, the church realizes how wrong they are and how much they need to turn back to God for and repent of. What do we ask is the plumb/level line from God? God’s Word is the plumb line for the church. Just like Amos was the Word of God for those people and the standard which they needed to hold themselves against, so today the Bible is the standard that the church needs to hold itself against. When we look at ourselves with our own standards and human experience we will always look great and be at peace. But when we hold the Word of God against ourselves, we realize how much we need to grow and how much we need to repent of. The Bible is sufficient for all that we need in this life, it is the guide for life, the standard for life, and the plumb line for our souls. Do we hold ourselves against the Word of God or do we judge ourselves by our own standards and experiences?