The short form definition of “plumb line” given by Merriam Webster is…
: a tool that consists of a small, heavy object attached to a string or rope and that is used especially to see if something (such as a wall) is perfectly vertical
In a response to a comment on a blog post you’ll find here Beejai said…
Scripture is more than just a guide. It is the plumbline that helps us distinguish the Spirits’s voice from our own subconscious desires. Like Paul writes, “my conscience is clear but that does not make me innocent…” ~ Beejai,
Scripture (the object), combined with the guidance of the Holy Spirit (the line), is our complete, distinguishing “standard”. It is not a wrecking ball, but a tool of revelation. God’s plumb line has the ability to reveal to us how crooked and warped we can become, in spite of our self righteous concepts, and God is serious when He holds that plumb line next to His people.
As Believers, when His plumb line is held up against us it is for our change, direction and benefit. If we wish to grow “perfectly vertical” we must face true north. If we allow the plumb line to swing back and forth, whether from the cultural mores of the day or our own preconceived notions or biases, the result will be distortion.
God loves His people and gives them redemption, grace. He expects it will result in obedience to His law, the reflection of His nature, so on occasion, He holds a plumb line against them to check their progress. But when He sees that they have rejected His way of life, He has no choice but to try to guide them to repentance—by any means necessary. – John W. Ritenbaugh
God loves us just the way we are. He also loves us too much to just leave us there. ~ Pastor Chris, Calvary Chapel Indio
Remember…While God may use “warped” materials…He does not build crooked structures.