Jerusalem is on the brink of destruction. They have spurned God’s warnings and killed His messengers. God will bring His wrath down upon them through the Babylonian nation and there is nothing they can do to stop the punishment. But God will say to Ezekiel, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30).
The nation of Israel was hand-picked to be God’s chosen people, who would enjoy His blessings and protection, to bring forth the Messiah, the Savior of the world, to be the caretaker of His word and enjoy the glory of His presence in their midst. No nation today compares to that relationship, but Jehovah has promised to bring down nations that defy Him and His word. He has done that often in times past and records those instances for our instruction.
What of our nation today? How does it stand in comparison to those of days gone by? Sometimes we may be just as wicked, uncaring for the weak and perverting justice from local to federal officials. Compared to others we are much better, but the standard isn’t other nations, rather what God has established in His word. Would God allow our nation to be destroyed because of our combined sin? Who is to say? What, if anything, could we do about it? What if God were to say today, “Who will stand in the gap?” What is our individual and combined responsibility as citizens of this nation? When the children of Israel were sent into captivity because of the sin of the nation they were to pray for the nation in which they lived and be good citizens contributing to its welfare. Do we do that? The circumstances are certainly different between us and them, but not the premise.
What can we do to influence the direction of this nation for the good? First we start with ourselves and be what God would have us to be. Then concentrate on our families and follow Joshua’s lead by saying, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Be involved in local affairs and with the schools. Volunteers are very seldom turned away. In this nation we chose leaders by election. Do you vote? Are you aware of the issues? Do we cast our vote on the promise of economics or moral character? Our voice may be small, but it can be heard if we use it.
A remnant of God’s people has always been a powerful force because they were God’s people! Doing what he commanded as He commanded and following His lead no matter the outcome or perceived obstacles. Let us stand in the gap and make a difference for the Lord!
“And My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).