You know, it’s funny sometimes how God speaks to my heart about what to write for my posts.  I was planning on using an older post from my previous blog site to post for this week’s post, but God had another plan in mind.  A much better one.  You see, I was looking through some old files of previous posts and saw the name of a file that intrigued me.  It turns out it was lyrics to a song by Russ Taff – “Walk Between the Lines”.  Now some of you may not know who Russ Taff is but he is one of my favorites – from years gone by – of the Gaither Vocal Band.  The Gaither Vocal Band has made many a young singing artist over the years and I believe, continues to promote young singers today.  Anyway, this song’s lyrics jumped out at me.  The topic of today – COVID-19 – has made a name for itself in more than one way.  People are writing songs, poems, stories, etc. about this dreaded virus and the effects it is having on life around the world.  People – The Church – are also forgetting some things that God has told us in His Word.  God is in control of everything and we are not, although most or some would like to think they are and not Him. 

This song’s lyrics are quite poignant for this day and time.  Here is one verse:

Walk between the lines
Through this life and times
My heart is hitting hard upon the Word
Walk between the lines
Seeing surer signs
My heart is hidden deep between the lines

Now, the “Church”, the body of Christ, has forgotten some things about what God’s Word says.  “Fear Not” or “Don’t be afraid”, is the most used phrase in the Bible.  It is used 365 times.  You think God means it when He speaks “Fear Not”?  Here are a few scriptures from the New Testament that tell us not to fear:

In Matthew 10:28, we read, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Luke 12:7 tells us, “But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

In John 6:20, we read that when the disciples saw Jesus walking toward them on the water, He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

I think I, along with many others, have not taken that phrase seriously.  We say we have faith, yet we still worry.  I truly know God is in control.  However, being human, I still take the reins back and worry some about… just about anything.  As the body of Christ, though, we are called to a higher standard.  We are called to be the light on the hill for the world to see.  If that light is put under a basket it will be extinguished and no one will see the hope we have in our Christ Jesus. Our Lord Jesus Himself said:

Matthew 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Jesus holds all things together by His mighty name.  All things.  That means ALL THINGS.  The wind, the rain, the grass, the flowers, trees, animals, birds, the ocean, the sea creatures, EVERYTHING… even disease is under His control.  Everything that “is” is under His control.

As Dr. Tony Evans said in a video I recently saw, God has allowed a Divine Disruption these days.  He believes that until we – the Church – start being who we are supposed to be, the Divine Disruption will continue.  Just like God used to disrupt the Israelites when they went astray.  If you stop and think about it, God has the power to allow things to continue down any path life takes.  He also has the power to change that path.  His Words says,

2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV) 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

We are not being the light on the hill.  We are not walking between the lines.  We are going all over the place.  Being as the world is.  The other words of the song are as poignant.

When the days ahead seem full of dread
And I’m afraid of what the future finds
There’s this place I know I can go
I’ll find the peace to clear my clouded mind
Walk between the lines
Through this life and times
My heart is hitting hard upon the Word
Walk between the lines
Finding deeper finds
My heart is hidden deep between the lines

If we hide our hearts deep in the Word of God, we will know how to walk between the lines. The instructions are right there – between the lines of scripture.  We will find those deeper finds that God has for us.  The Word – the Bible – is His love letter to us.  We have a handbook for life at our fingertips.  We can actually live a good life – not problem free – but a good life.  “Good Life” is redefined when you walk between the lines.  It is defined by God’s standards.  He created us.  He knows what is best for us. 

Walking between the lines can be an exciting adventure.  When we do, as Russ Taff says in this song, “Finding deeper finds”… can mean all sorts of things.  Mostly it means, I believe, finding out how much God loves us and the lengths God will go to bring us back to Him, because He loves us so.  After all, He calls us His beloved. 

This audio is from a long time ago but the message is so appropriate for this day. Russ Taff is still singing. Just not recording. this is one man that loves Jesus. His messages in his songs are timeless.

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