I’m not terribly fond of scales these days, especially since I’ve gained weight. However, if I am going to get on a scale, I want my correct weight. If the scale weighs me less than what I really weigh, I am shocked and disappointed when I discover my true weight. On the other hand, when the scale weighs me heavier, it’s just plain depressing. It can be challenging when you don’t really know what you weigh when you want to find out. Knowing my true weight is helpful because it lets me know where I am in relationship to where I want to be. Just like we need to weigh ourselves occasionally for our health, we need to spiritually weigh in, especially when we find ourselves in the heat of a battle.
It’s the day after the election, and there’s a chill in the air. The battle of the candidates is over, but the angry words, taunting, and gloating by some is disheartening. A quick scroll through Facebook, Twitter and the television news programs lets us know how passionately people feel about the candidate they supported. Several weeks ago, I remember being startled in line at the post office as a lady loudly proclaimed her candidate’s position, admonishing us to vote for him. Whether you voted or President Obama or Governor Romney, the overwhelming consensus seems to be that we are divided as a nation.
If only we could be, as the Pledge of Allegiance states, “one Nation under God, indivisible.” Is it possible for us, with so many differing opinions, positions, and beliefs, to be indivisible? I’m convinced that, as believers, we can be indivisible, but only if we refuse to allow what we feel is right and wrong be our guide. Just like stepping on an inaccurate scale, when we make judgments based on our feelings, we get the wrong results. Instead, we must cling to the truth of His Word, the honest and true scale.
Years ago, I remember the pastor hanging a plumb line up from the ceiling of the church in the sanctuary. The plumb line was suspended to remind us that just as a plumb line hangs to determine if something is perfectly vertical and upright, God’s Word should be our plumb line (Amos.). We can’t judge if we are “balanced,” fair, and accurate with our own actions, thoughts and speech, and we certainly can’t judge others accurately unless we are anchored in His Word. Proverbs 16:11 explains, “Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.” In other words, He is the One to judge if things are fair and balanced; we can’t do this ourselves.
This same Proverb says, “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (16:2-3). If we humble ourselves to His Word and His Will, our motives will be pure before Him. However, if we refuse to obey His Word, we will think that we are in right standing with God and people, deceiving ourselves. Ultimately, we end up being divisive and in error when we’re wrong and think we’re right. Our pride overtakes us, and destruction is always imminent.
As believers, we seek to please God. When we seek to please Him, we won’t please some—probably, we won’t please many. Yet, His Word assures us that, “When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them” (16:7). We have to stay the course, and let the Word be our plumb line because our feelings, thoughts and ideas can deceive us.
Do you desire your enemies to make peace? I know that I do and having instructions about how to achieve this is here for us. God and His Word are our plumb line, and we need to make sure that we are weighed and balanced by the only true scale.