By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Stand in the gap relates to the quest for a godly man who would make up the hedge that had been broken down by the transgressions of the people. They had exceeded all bounds of law and justice; that could have restrained them from sinning.
Such could have been prevented through a man of God, setting a godly example, and proclaiming God's Unadulterated Word, but Scripture records that God found no such individual (Ezekiel 22:30).
In reference to setting a godly example; for others to emulate, scripture asks: You which teaches another, teach not yourself? You that preach a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You that make your boast of the law, through breaking the law, dishonor not God (Romans 2:21-23).
How many today could afford having their lives put under strict scrutiny? We are seeing many having their past exposed and paying the consequences for sinful living. Would God have a difficult time today in finding a man to stand in the gap for the land?
We are living in an environment as that of Lot in Sodom; who scripture reveals was oppressed with the filthy conversation (or conduct) of the wicked: For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, tormented his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:7-8).
There is increasing dramatization of sinful living that can take one captive; if allowed. Many have been caught up in its grip; trapped, and then cucumber to its influence (James 1:14-15).
The term "Stand in the Gap" comes during a time in biblical history that the nation's sins were listed, with each guilty party being singled out for judgment (Ezekiel 22:31): The false prophets who had devoured souls; the priests who had violated God's law; the leaders of the land who like wolves used oppression and robbery towards the people.
Then came the statement: I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land: but I found none (Ezekiel 22:30). God was looking for a man that could close the gap that had been made through unlawful violation of His Word!
In another time; God would have destroyed His people, had not Moses stood before him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He should destroy them (Psalm 106:23). Through Moses God found His man to stand in the gap.
We are seeing debauchery in the land; those who would seduce, and corrupt through intemperance or sensuality, misleading the people towards the ungodliness of man; as existed in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of old.
Scripture records that God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example of those that afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). A lesson that remains unlearned; with few to stand in the gap, towards a godly renewal.
We have seen many great evangelists; who have been greatly used by God, standing in the gap for the land, but what about replacements? There are many, who are filling in for the saints of old, but are we seeing them utilized in like manner?
Are we seeing the great moves of God as previously witnessed? Are those who are ministering of the same mentality as those they replaced? If so; why is it that we are not seeing the same move of God as previously witnessed?
Is there a falling away as noted in God's Word (Matthew 24:12), because of iniquity abounding, with the love of many growing cold? Are lives of those professing the name of Christ measuring up to sanctification (being set apart unto God), righteousness, and holiness?
Is the world becoming an influence to the church, in many Western nations, that it is becoming as the Laodicean church, spoken of in the Book of Revelation: Neither cold nor hot; but lukewarm (Revelations 3:16). Laodicea means "People Ruling" and represents the materialistic church of today that has been vastly influenced by a secular society.
Thank God for churches which have not deviated from God's Word; nor been misled by the world and its ungodly standards, that there are those who breath and live holiness before the Lord, without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
There is the mentality of Sodom and Gomorrah; of the Babylon setting spoken of in God's Word (Revelation 18:2), that exists in many once godly nations. Such needs to be dealt with by those willing to stand in the gap for the land!
Unless a spiritual renewal takes place; with a change of heart and lifestyle, America and other once godly nations, will continue on the slippery slope of unrighteousness. Unless there are those who will "stand in the gap" for the land, and sound the alarm, many will continue to fall into the clutches of filth and degradation.
Let us pray that God will raise up godly individuals; who will not be swayed by the ungodly, who will rise to the occasion of their high calling, to promulgate the Unadulterated Word of God without fail or falter. For without such individuals sounding the alarm; little hope is in the offering, as man continues to be swayed into consuming the ungodliness that surrounds him.