It was 1956 when the famous country singer, Johnny Cash, sat backstage and wrote the song, “I Walk the Line.” As a newlywed, he wrote it as a pledge to his wife. The lyrics are all about personal responsibility and avoiding temptation. I love the line, “Because you’re mine, I walk the line.” This expression has long been used to mean behaving or abiding by moral standards. Or in other words, walking the straight and narrow.
Today’s verse tells us to think carefully about where and how we walk through life. We do not walk close to edge, courting disaster as the thoughtless might. Rather than wondering just how far one can go in a particular behavior before it becomes sin, we need to walk with a healthy fear of falling. We need to stay away from that tempting edge. We do not turn to the left or to the right. We stay right in the middle and away from temptation. In other words, we walk the line. Walking on a dangerous edge gives no room for error. One moment of inattention or one small misstep can mean disaster.
When I am walking the line, I feel His pleasure. Walking in obedience to His commands is how I show my love for Him (II John 1:6). And His commands make the path smooth, straight and manageable. It is when I veer left or right and start to compromise on His standards that life becomes more difficult. Thankfully, He offers His forgiveness and helps me get back on track.
Lord, help me love You by walking the line today.