When There Is No Hope

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Ezekiel 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

The hedge was a boundary established by growing hedges or shrubs around a vineyard. The hedge was there to protect what was inside of the vineyard. The hedge was there to keep the wild animals from entering to destroy the fruit of the vineyard. This is what Solomon was talking about in Song of Solomon 2:15 when he says, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” That hedge was important for the livelihood of those within those who owned that vineyard.

However, God said that there became a gap or an opening in the hedge. There was an opening that somebody needed to make up. God said that somebody needed to stand within the gap so that anything on the outside could not get in and destroy what was on the inside. Sadly, God said that He could find none to stand in the gap.

In the verse above, God was talking about the nation of Israel. God said that He was looking for one person who would stand in the gap. God did not say that he was looking for many people, although God would have used many people, but God was just looking for one person who cared enough for their country to stand in the gap and do right to save their nation from destruction.

I believe one of the saddest statements in all of the Scriptures is that God could not find one person to stand in the gap for their nation. We don't know why nobody would stand in the gap; we just know that there was not one person who had the character enough to stand alone in the gap. There are a couple of things that we must look at about standing in the gap.

First, when you stand in the gap, you will stand alone. The fact that God could not find one person shows that if you stand in the gap, you will be in the minority. Often those who stand in the gap are those who are criticized for being so different, but they are the ones making the difference for their nation. If you want to be popular with the crowd, you will never stand in the gap. If you can't take criticism, you will never stand in the gap. If you can't be in the minority, you won't stand in the gap. Those who stand in the gap are those who don't get their pleasure from being accepted by the crowd, but those who get the pleasure by being right with God and having a heart to save their nation.

Second, it only takes one person to make a difference. We often think that it takes many people to make a difference, but God shows it only takes one person to make a difference. There was one Elijah who stood in his day and made a difference. There was one Noah who stood in his day and made a difference. God often takes the one who is willing to take the stand and do right to make a difference in their nation. Yes, God would use many people, but He often has to use one person to make a difference.

My friend, that nation that God is talking about is your country. Maybe that nation represents your church, family, or city. Will you be the one who will stand if the gap for these? You may think that your standing doesn't make a difference, but all God is looking for to save a nation, church, family, or city is for one person to stand in the gap and do right.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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