Greetings from the Grand Chaplain,
“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 straight.” Amos 7:7
Using only a pencil, draw a straight line down the middle of a blank sheet of paper from the top to the bottom. The line may appear to be straight, but in all reality, it will be skewed. Though they might be miniscule, the line will have some curves. No matter how steady your hand may be, it is utterly impossible to draw a perfectly straight line. Lay a ruler next to the line and it will be easy to see it’s not straight. The curves will be obvious. The only way to draw a straight line is to use a straight edge, such as ruler as your guide. The same goes with trying to live our lives without God.
No matter how hard we try to live a good life on our own, we will still have crooks and curves. We need a plumb line. We, as Masons, look to the Great Architect of the Universe for wisdom, for it is only way we will be successful in all our endeavors. God has given us a plumb line to be the rule and guide to our faith and practices. The Holy Bible, which I believe to be the Greatest Light in Masonry, is the plumb line we must follow in order to walk level and upright in life.
God’s word is the only true standard for righteousness. Life’s journey is full of obstacles that can hinder our progress as we travel toward perfection. It is in the Holy Bible, we find these sound words of wisdom from King Solomon in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Are we letting God direct our paths as we travel the rough and rugged road of life?
W∴ Brother Perry Anderson, G∴ Chaplain