“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.” Ezekiel 22:30 (NLT)
What about Ezekiel? Why couldn’t he rebuild the wall or at least stand in the gap?
Well, for one big thing, he wasn’t there. God had moved him out of Israel.
And he wasn’t the only one.
As part of God’s judgment, He had removed from Israel all the people who were capable of leading the nation back to right living. There were no people left willing and able to stand in opposition to the country’s move away from God. There was no one proclaiming the Word, no one to keep the people from lurching their way to judgment.
Which is, by the way, good news for us. See, I am very concerned about the direction America is headed. Sometimes to the point of admitting defeat.
But while our nation may be heading in the wrong direction, there are also lots of people standing in the gap. Lots of pastors proclaiming God’s truth. Lots of churches (like ours) affirming God’s standards and proclaiming God’s mercy.
So, while it may not exactly make me giddy with optimism, it does leave room for hope.
There are still a bunch of us standing in the gap.