1-2 God, my Master, showed me this vision: He was preparing a locust swarm. The first cutting, which went to the king, was complete, and the second crop was just sprouting. The locusts ate everything green. Not even a blade of grass was left. I called out, “God, my Master! Excuse me, but what’s going to come of Jacob? He’s so small.”3 God gave in. “It won’t happen,” he said.4 God showed me this vision: Oh! God, my Master God was calling up a firestorm. It burned up the ocean. Then it burned up the Promised Land. 5 I said, “God, my Master! Hold it—please! What’s going to come of Jacob? He’s so small.”6 God gave in. “All right, this won’t happen either,” God, my Master, said.7 God showed me this vision: My Master was standing beside a wall. In his hand he held a plumb line.8-9 God said to me, “What do you see, Amos?” I said, “A plumb line.” Then my Master said, “Look what I’ve done. I’ve hung a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel. I’ve spared them for the last time. This is it! “Isaac’s sex-and-religion shrines will be smashed, Israel’s unholy shrines will be knocked to pieces. I’m raising my sword against the royal family of Jeroboam.”
Read -- Read the passage above again, carefully.
Think -- What theme do you see emerging? Write it down in one sentence. Be aware of what thinking might have motivated God to use the plumb line.
Live -- Take a small, heavy object, like a key, a ring, or a pendant, and hang it from a string. As the object hangs straight toward the ground, the string is your plumb line by which you can measure the uprightness of other items. Take time to ponder this. Play with your plumb line and observe how it works. What do you notice?
Pray -- Setting the text and your plumb line aside, sit with your eyes closed. What are you feeling? What are your concerns and needs? Who are you as the person who is approaching this text today?
Now read the passage again. In what ways do you see the them you already noted intersecting with your life today? It here a message God is speaking to you? How does the plumb line hang in the midst of your own life? If you have trouble seeing a connection, read the passage again, pausing in the place that affects you most and leads you int prayer. Write down anything that seems significant.
Our Lectio Divina posting is take from The Message: Solo - An Uncommon Devotional by Eugene Peterson