During the Holy Spirit-filled worship in yesterday’s morning’s church service “Amos 7” was dropped into my mind.
So I silently asked, “Lord, do you mean Amos 3.7?” [‘Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets’]
“No, Amos 7:7!”
And so I opened my pocket NIV Bible to check and it reads:
‘This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumbline in his hand.’
I read the rest to get it into context and afterwards mentioned this to the leaders for their weighing (we’re new there). Neither responded at the time so I’ve yet to learn of their reaction. Personally I sense it may apply to the United Kingdom. My Study Bible (NKJV) gives the fuller perspective (courtesy of BibleGateway):
Vision of the Plumb-Line
7 Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in His hand. 8 And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”
And I said, “A plumb-line.”
Then the Lord said:
“Behold, I am setting a plumb-line
In the midst of My people Israel;
I will not pass by them anymore.
9 The [e]high places of Isaac shall be desolate,
And the [f]sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste.
I will rise with the sword against the house of Jeroboam.”
Notes [e] and [f] read ‘Places of pagan worship’ and ‘Or holy places’ respectively.
As that historical occasion has passed then my impression is that the Lord is drawing it to my attention as being applicable to the state-of-play in Britain today.
Why? How can it be applied to the UK?
As a leading Christian nation that taught and preached the Gospel within and outside its borders then Britain has a special place in God’s purposes for mankind, rather similar to His ancient descendants of Abraham. Like Israel (Jacob) and Isaac, however, we too have gone seriously astray in not only setting up our own gods but also in widespread, deliberate rebellion against Him and His Word.
My Bible’s notes: v 7 – ‘…the plumb-line is symbolic. Israel (Britain) has been built ‘true’ to God’s standard; now she will be measured or tested by that same standard.’ V 8 – ‘Israel has been tested and found defective. The principle structures, the shrines and the dynasty will be torn down. The time of forgiveness has passed, judgement is approaching. Amos has no opportunity to intercede for the people. Their fate is sealed.’
Therefore, I humbly submit to you my reader: can you weigh and test this with the Lord? How does it sit with your spirit?