To Stand in the Gap

Ezekiel 22:30

We read in the Bible that once God said, “I looked for a man” (Ezekiel 22:30). Why was God looking? In this instance it was for the purpose of “building up the wall.” The wall of Jerusalem had been a sacred monument of Israel’s pride and glory. Within it the temple had proudly stood, the visible reminder of God’s sovereignty and His election of a chosen people.

God’s search for a man to be a builder was more than for a repair job with bricks and cement. He was looking for a man to be a leader for the rebuilding of the wall of faith and obedience in the hearts of His children. The invisible wall was the covenant of his promise and protection. Within it was the preservation of sound doctrine, the practice of pure worship, the execution of justice and the witness to God’s goodness.

This man was not only to build the broken wall, he was also to “stand in the gap” (Ezekiel 22:30). The gap in a city wall was vulnerable to the attacks of enemies. The gap in things of the spirit gives opportunity for the enemy of our soul.

God was, and still is, looking for a man or a woman to “stand in the gap,” to help with the repair of those sacred things that have become broken, to be the watchman on the alert, to be the preserver of the faith.

During the June 4, 1989 massacre in Beijing, China, one lone man trying to make a point stood in front of an army of heavy tanks. His flesh and blood challenged the firing squad inside the metal monsters. He was indeed standing “in the gap” caused by an oppressive regime in his land. Few people in the world know his name, but his image has been etched deeply onto the hearts of millions. That man in China was a student. Behind him were tens of thousands of other students, all with the same goal, to bring freedom to China. I sensed the hopelessness on that day in front of the television set, watching the Chinese army open fire on the defenseless crowd. I never openly sobbed so much in my life.

What about the gaps in life all around us—in the lives of people, in our nation, in the world? Who will stand in these gaps for the Lord? Our Bible text reads: “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap… but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30). May we respond, “But Lord, there is someone! It’s me. I am that man. I am that woman. I will stand in the gap for You and help rebuild the sacred things that are broken.”

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