Read Ezekiel 22
Focus on verse 30
As I was growing up in southern Manitoba, spring was always my favorite time of year. Now that I live a little further south, spring is still my favorite time of year! One of the reasons I liked spring in Canada was that when the snow began to melt and the water began to run, I found it entertaining to play in the puddles by creating new routes for the water to drain away. I noticed that if I created a small breach at some point in the puddle’s edge, the running water would quite rapidly enlarge that breach until the entire puddle drained away. The only way to prevent the puddle from draining was to clog up the breach.
The evolution of sin within a culture has some similarities to the way water continues to enlarge a breach in the water’s edges. It only takes a little sin, a little white lie, a seemingly innocuous misdemeanor to breach the barrier of righteousness. If the breach is not repaired it continues to grow, and the larger it grows the faster it grows, until it becomes an uncontrollable, raging torrent. Just as is true of the water eroding away the perimeter of the puddle, a seemingly small sin, soon tends to grow, and before long becomes an uncontrollable habit.
It is a relatively simple procedure to put something in the gap of a small breach in the initial stages, but it becomes increasingly more difficult with each passing second as the trickle grows to a torrent.
In today’s reading God is looking for one man of Israel who will agree to stand in the gap, one man who will stand against the majority to set things right.
And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.” (v. 30)
It would seem that if there had been even just one person willing to step up and stand against the abominations that were being committed in Jerusalem, perhaps God would have withheld the coming destruction. How tragic that an entire nation would suffer destruction for the lack of one person to take a stand. It makes me wonder how far away we are in America from this very situation. What if God were to seek for one person to stand in the gap for Him today? Would you be willing to step up if it meant the difference between life and death for a nation?