Reflections

Into The Gap

Gaps are strange things.  They are points of separation that can be either good or bad.  Let me define ‘gap’ and I believe this definition works regardless of the situation.  A gap is “the space between present reality and the desired future.”

In a zoo, there are fabricated gaps between us and the animals.  Good for us. Bad if you’re a hungry lion.  In our personal finances there can be gaps between expenditures and income.  Good if income is greater than expenditures. Bad if reversed.  In football, there are gaps on the line of scrimmage.  On the offensive side of the ball they are good if you’re creating them but those same gaps on the defensive side of the ball are bad if you can’t fill them.

In life, there are gaps all around us.  The key is learning to see the gaps and to fill them. In the Bible, in Ezekiel 13:5, God chastises the religious leaders of Israel for doing nothing to step into the gap and repair the city and prepare God’s people for battle.

Present Reality – city in ruins with people vulnerable for attack.
Desired Future – fortified city with its people living in peace with God, experiencing the shalom of God.
The Gap – the distance between these two realities which brings God’s judgment.

Every time we see a gap between God’s desired future and the present reality of God’s people, there is an opportunity for someone to step into the Gap.
When the wickedness of the world became great – Noah stepped into the Gap.
When God looked for a people to call His own – Abraham stepping into the Gap.
And when God was going to destroy Sodom because of its wickedness – again Abraham stepped into the Gap.
When God answered the anguished cries of Israel in slavery – Moses stepped into the Gap.
When the existence of Israel was at stake under Persian rule – Esther stepped into the Gap.
When the salvation of humanity was on the line – Jesus stepped into the Gap.

The Lord is still looking for men and women who will stand in the gap.  God’s words in Ezekiel 22:30 still ring true today:  “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one” (NLT).

Will you be the one so it won’t be said of us “but I found no one.”

What gap do you see around you?
What might God be calling you into?
Are you listening? Will you respond?

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