Thursday, September 3

Stand in the gap

Scripture: Ezekiel 22-24, Revelation 9

Ezekiel 22:29–30  Even common people oppress the poor, rob the needy, and deprive foreigners of justice.  30 I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.

Observation

Ezekiel was announcing God’s judgment on Israel and Judah for their sins.  Their leaders had failed to lead righteously and it was every person for themselves.  Even the common people were swept up in the evil, oppressing the poor, robbing the needy and depriving foreigners of justice.  Their corruption was widespread and deep—it affected everyone.  

Then this lament: God looked for someone, a leader who would rebuild the wall of righteousness, who would stand in the gap for the people as Moses had done centuries before.

Psalm 106:23 “So God declared he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.”

   God looked for someone like Moses to stand in the gap—but there was no one.  Not one single leader could be found who would pray and stand for righteousness.  All were corrupt.  So God’s judgement fell on the unrepentant nation.

Application

I can’t help thinking about our nation as I read this, and how desperately we need leaders who will pray, rebuild the wall of righteousness, and stand in the gap.  As Christians, we need to search our own hearts, confess our own sins, and then pray earnestly for our city, our state, our nation, our world.  We need to stand for righteousness (doing the right thing) and justice—standing for the poor, oppressed, needy and defenseless.  

God is looking for people to stand in the gap.  Will I be one of those?  Will you?

Prayer: Lord, help me to search my heart, and then give me the courage to see the gap and stand in it.  Help us together to rebuild the walls of righteousness and justice for all.