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Standing in the Gap before God

Psalm 106:23, 30

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So he said he would destroy them—
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him
to keep his wrath from destroying them.

But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
and the plague was checked.

Psalm 106:23, 30 NIV

Most Americans I know, including Christians, believe that our nation has some serious issues. And I would have to agree with them. We are a nation whose people are more and more turning away from God. Polls show that the number of people identifying as Christian in the U.S. is in decline. And even among those who continue to identify as Christian, fewer seem to hold to historic Christian doctrines. We are quickly turning into a post-Christian nation. A nation in rebellion against God.

Is there anything that can be done? I believe that this passage gives the answer to that question. The psalmist here is recounting the history of Israel, especially the Exodus and wilderness wanderings. Israel repeatedly rebelled against God. And several times, God’s anger is revealed against this rebellious people.

Standing in the Gap

But in at least the two cases recorded here, we see the difference an individual can make. Both Moses and Phinehas, by their actions, kept God’s wrath from destroying the people. Moses, in particular, is described as standing in the gap before God. This pictures Moses standing in the middle of a breached fortification wall, defending those behind him. And because Moses took that stand, God’s wrath was turned away from Israel.

Are you willing to be a Moses, standing in the gap and contending for the souls of those around you? James tells us that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (Jam. 5:16). Pray for your nation. Pray for those who lead it. And for those around you. Pray that there would be a spiritual awakening in our world today. A revival that would turn away God’s wrath.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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