Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ezekiel 22-23: I Sought a Man to Stand in the Gap

Ezekiel 22:30
Amplified Bible (AMP)

And I sought a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.
It's apparent when the wall, the protective barrier between the city and the enemy, has been breached.  Gaps in this structure allow for free access of the evil one to attack and torment at will.  Israel and Judah's wall had gaps because of her idolatry. 
The surrounding cultures infected God's people by teaching them to worship false gods.  This choice punched a gap through the wall of peace and protection of God.  The enemy harassed, oppressed, and conquered those in whom God delighted.  God was not happy with His people.  He likened their idolatry to a harlot, using sex for personal pleasure or gain.  Sounds to me like God takes our love for Him very seriously!
Each of us have a personal "wall" of protection against the enemy of our souls.  I believe one symbolic meaning for this wall is soul peace.  Each choice we make can either strengthen this wall of peace or damage it, allowing for the formation of gaps.  The enemy takes pleasure in entering in through any gap in our wall, oppressing and harassing us.  Subduing our passion.  Stirring our mind with worry.  Tightening our chest with anxiety.  Whatever he may do to steal God's gift of peace. 

This I know from personal experience. 

God seeks for someone to stand in the gap and build up the broken walls, not only in our own personal lives, but in the lives of all those we contact.

Even though God has not found a man to stand in the wall's gap, there is a Perfect Man Who closes the breech...Jesus!  Jesus then empowers us to stand for others.  It's a beautiful picture revealed!

Thank You, Jesus for accomplishing what man cannot.  Stand in any gap in our wall.  Reveal it, close it and pour out Your grace to cause us to turn away from anything which causes a breach!  In Your name, Jesus, AMEN!

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