It’s one of the saddest statements in all of Scripture, and it was uttered by God Himself. In the days when Israel was about to be captured and hauled away by the Babylonians, God had tried to warn them. Israel had turned its collective back on the Lord and began worshipping other gods. As a result, Nebuchadnezzar was tearing down Jerusalem’s walls, soon to plow through them altogether.
It was at this point God stated:
I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. (Ezekiel 22:30)
If you listen with your heart, you can hear the sorrow in His voice…“I looked, but I found no one.” What exactly was God searching for? From my understanding, the Lord wanted someone willing to stand in the gap between Him and the people for the purpose of protecting them. Building up the wall was a means of protection from other men; standing in the gap was a means of protection from God.
It’s this latter role that I want to focus on today. It’s not a fun subject, but the reality is that God is reluctantly willing to justly hold people accountable for their decisions and actions. If they refuse to repent from sinful, self-focused living, He will honor that choice which leads to their destruction. One willing to stand in the gap is a person who will declare this truth to those at risk, calling them to the forgiveness found only in Christ.
Still today, God seeks men and women willing to share the hope of the gospel – the only thing that will prevent the judgment of God from falling upon sinful man. Will God find no one today? Or will you stand in the gap for Him? –Dave
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