10/5 Ezekiel 22:30

30 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.

Just as a city wall could be entered through a breach, making it vulnerable to enemies, so our spiritual walls can have dangerous breaches. When I read the verse for today I wondered why God did not consider Jeremiah and Ezekiel as men standing in that spiritual breach. That was not their role. They were not called to be repairers but instead were proclaimers. They warned of what was coming and told the people why.

What would one who stands in the breach look like? Hezekiah and Josiah were both kings who delayed the coming judgment by turning the people from idolatry to the worship of the one true God. They led the nation to follow the words of the prophets and thereby built up the breach. God proclaimed there was no man to take that role; there was no leader that would turn the people. In all the house of David, there was not one man who would be bold enough to go against the tide of the culture and lead a return to God.

Wherever you live, God is searching for such a leader. You will know them when you hear their vision and see what causes they champion. You will see the effects on the nation. Pray for that leader. Encourage him or her if you have the opportunity, or write a note. It is an extension of grace for your nation. Of course the opposite is true as well. There are actually leaders that increase the breach. They can lead a nation quickly down the road to ruin as the final kings of Judah did.

Consider: Will you stand in the gap in your home, church, and community as God gives you the opportunity?