Ezekiel 22:30 New International Version (NIV)
30 “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.
A gap represents a place of weakness, vulnerability, and danger. God expressed to Ezekiel his longing to find faithful men who would have the courage to stand in the gap against moral failure that was growing in that time amongst that generation. He was looking for a few courageous men who were committed to building their lives in righteousness.
The Lord is still seeking men who will stand for the moral law of God. He is looking for men to stand in the gap and confront the enemy with God’s help. Yet, it will take men who have the courage to stand and face adversity straight in the eyes.
As men, we often face those challenges with fear. We must meet our fears in order to know the courage that each of us has inside. We will not just freeze in that moment, but we take that fear and face it and have the courage to stand.
Fear can be paralyzing, and it can keep us from growing into the men God has called us to be. Standing in the gap, we can acknowledge our fears and confront them head on.
I believe that today our God is still looking for men with courage. We will stand in the gap for our wives, families, and our country. Men who stand for righteousness stand in the gap. Men who have the quality of being morally right stand in the gap.
We cannot be perfect in righteousness for it is impossible to attain. The good news is that it is possible by the cleansing of sin by Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, ‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’. This means we are made righteous in the sight of God.
This is how we can stand in the gap and be men of courage. Yes, we will have fears. This is good because it causes us all the more to lean on Christ in becoming the men he has called us to be – Courageous!
Strength and Courage