“Often and often the soul needs to use the plumb line to see whether that which is built so very quickly is really built perpendicularly, or whether it does not lean this way or that. As the work goes on, we should frequently stop and say to ourselves, “Now, is this right? Is this real? Is this true?”
~~ Charles Hadden Spurgeon
“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.” And the Lord replied, “I will test my people with this plumb line. I will no longer ignore all their sins.” (Amos 7:7-9)
So what does a plumbline have to do with being a mom? Well, it pretty much is what the entire structure of our family hinges on. Last week we talked about having a solid foundation. After the foundation, comes the framework — the walls. And if the walls are crooked, the whole house is compromised. What do we use as a plumbline? It has to be the truth of God. If what we are building is not based on His truth, our families will not be built straight and strong.
Just what exactly is a plumbline? A plumbline is a weight, usually with a pointed tip on the bottom, that is suspended from a string and used as a vertical reference line, or plumb-line. The instrument has been used since at least the time of ancient Egypt to ensure that constructions are “plumb”, or vertical. The plumb line employs the law of gravity to establish what is “plumb” that is, what is exactly vertical, or true.
A theologian from many years ago had a lot to say about plumblines: Charles Hadden Spurgeon preached an entire sermon on God’s Plumbline. “A plumb line is used in building when it is done as it ought to be. Everything that God builds is built plumb, straight, square and fair. He builds with facts, with substantial verities, with true Grace and with a real and lasting work in the soul. When the Lord builds in a man, He builds with the plumb line in the sense of always building up that which is towards holiness. Now, Beloved, as God thus uses the plumb line in His building, I gather that we also should use the plumb line in our building. I would urge upon myself, first, and then upon you, next, the constant use of the plumb line. Often and often the soul needs to use the plumb line to see whether that which is built so very quickly is really built perpendicularly, or whether it does not lean this way or that. As the work goes on, we should frequently stop and say to ourselves, “Now, is this right? Is this real? Is this true?” Use the plumb line to see whether it is all straight and square. Try all the doctrines that are taught and do not embrace that which is popular, but that which is Biblical! We must continually use upon ourselves the plumb line of God’s Word.”
Remember the verse in Proverbs that says “A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.”? Wisdom is the solid foundation. Strength and good sense come from having walls that are plumb — straight and strong, to establish the bones of the house. Wisdom comes from God himself and good sense comes from the truth in His word. We must have a relationship with God – our own relationship. Pure and solid. We must establish everything we do in life and as mothers on the principles and truths found in the bible. Pure and simple. We must dig for ourselves in the scriptures and seek out the truths He desires to teach us individually. Not from well-written bible studies and emotionally charged DVD’s. Not from conferences and speakers. Not even from blogs like this one. And not from best-selling Christian authors or television personalities. We can’t solely rely on other sources. Because, you see, if our lives aren’t lined up with God’s truths, what do we expect our children to use as a plumbline? What will they use to measure what’s right and good and true and honorable?
God builds upon what He’s established in our hearts. In my own life, I found that He uses the truths from His word, and the life experiences of other women who are a little further along in the building process, who have shared their godly wisdom with me. We used to call these Titus 2 women — the older are to teach the younger. I encourage you to spend time establishing your own foundation in God’s word every day and ask Him to guide you. And then, seek out women who you believe are building on a strong, godly foundation. I treasure the dear women who have done so in my life! Not perfection — just walls that are straight and true!!