“I looked for someone 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 no one.” Ezekiel 22:30.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezekiel 22-24, and Revelation 9.
This is a favorite verse of mine, not because of the way it ends but for the hope it opens to us.
Recall the story of Abraham reasoning with God about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham’s nephew (Lot) was in one of those despicable cities and Abraham wanted to save his life. Abraham asked God if he would spare the cities if there were certain numbers of righteous people there. God went along with it but despite a low final number there were not enough righteous folks to be found. So the cities were incinerated.
God does not want to destroy the world. He loves the world. He looks for righteous and will spare places because they are there.
Recall Paul in a serious storm. Because Paul was on board the ship in trouble, 242 passengers survived the storm.
There is so much evil in the world we live in. And God cannot be pleased with what is going on. We, therefore, need to pray on behalf of the places we live in. We need to ask God to spare those in our midst so that there is time for them to believe the Gospel and act accordingly. The Ezekiel 22:30 verse is a good one to include in such a prayer.
“Lord, I ask You to spare my family. Too many of them have no use for the Gospel and would face eternal separation from You if life ended for them today. O Lord, spare them, I beg. Fill me with Your Word so that I can be a Godly influence in their midst. Guide my words and deeds, I plead.”
North Korea’s Kim has weapons he claims can reach the US. Is it time to be praying Ezekiel 22:30 over US cities? You bet it is!