In Ezekiel 22:30, God says, “I looked for a man 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 none.”
God was looking for someone to stand in the gap and He couldn’t find one. There were many times in the record of God’s Word where you find a gap existing—a gap that needed to be occupied by someone who would be willing to take a stand, representing both God and people, someone who would be a mediator, an intercessor.
Abraham was such a one, standing in the gap between God and Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember when he prayed to God—if there are 45 righteous, if there are 40, if there are 30, if there are 20, if there are even 10—save that land. He had a heart for standing in the gap.
Moses was also that way when the children of Israel hardened their hearts; he was willing to plead with God, even saying, “God, if you are going to judge then judge me too.” He was willing to stand in the gap.
The Apostle Paul, in writing to the Romans, speaks of the tremendous burden he felt for the children of Israel, his blood-brothers, who had not trusted in the Savior, who had rebelled against the truth. He was willing to stand in the gap.
God is looking for someone who will build up a wall of protection and stand in the gap as an intercessor.
Let me challenge you to stand in the gap, representing God to sinners and calling sinners to repent and get right with God. Plead for God’s mercy and grace on behalf of those who listen and repent.