Initiators Seek A Response

In Ezekiel 22:30 God expressed His desire because of Israel’s wicked leaders. It says, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

The Lord is always the Initiator. We are created to respond. God’s word is timeless. He is presently seeking those who will stand in the gap. In Israel’s time, the vineyard was surrounded with a wall. Sometimes it was stone, and sometimes it was a hedge.

Critters sought to get into the vineyard so they would make a gap. Another critter would come and make the gap bigger. Isaiah 7:6 was a conversation of the enemy. It says, “Let us go up against Judah and trouble it, and let us make a gap in its wall for ourselves, and set a king over them…” Hmm. Does this sound familiar?

Part of our holy calling is to intercede for the lost. It is God’s desire that all men would be saved. Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Our part is to stand in the gap between the enemy and the lost. It requires concerted, committed, and continual intercession. We come boldly before His throne of grace, on behalf of those created in His image, but who have not yet responded to His initiation.

A note in my Bible says: Not only would the intercessor ‘make a wall’ by restoring the gap caused by the enemy, but would ‘stand in the gap’ or plug up the breach against that enemy through the entire building process. Let this instruct our heart and motivate us to remain faithful to intercede before God on behalf of our nation.

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