God is Looking for a Man

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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. Ezekiel 22:30 

Israel was in bad shape. Corruption was rampant. Parents were treated with contempt by their children. Men were having sex with any woman they desired: extortion, bloodshed. No one regarded God anymore. Things were so bad that God looked for a man to stand in the gap, a man who would side with God so that God would hold back on his judgment.

But, He found none.

Therefore I (God) have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord God.” Ezekiel 22:31

Sounds like our culture today. Men forsake God and pursue their passions with no regard for others or God. None.

“But that is not me!”, you quickly defend as if the extent of your sin is far more palatable than that of Ezekiel’s day.  

Just a little bit of porn while putting on the image of a good guy that follows Jesus. Just a little bit of lewdness and profanity as you smile when stepping into the church building. 

Is this a game we are playing? 

I recall my days of duplicity. Wanting you to believe I’m this innocent, Jesus-loving guy, while behind the scenes I’m secretly addicted to certain sins.

If God scanned the horizon today for a man who would stand in the breach, would he pass me by? Would he pass you by? 

Or, would He say  “Here, I found that man! Come, stand in the gap.”

There are three core qualities God is looking for in a man.

1. Godly character.  The opposite is a sin-obsessed man. A godly man is trained by Jesus.   Worldliness leaves Jesus out of the picture. Godliness saturates all of life with Jesus. The question about your character is, is it moving increasingly towards Jesus or does it continue to dabble in sin? Strength in our character is in proportion to the conversational relationship you have with Jesus. 

2. Godly commitment. This boils down to follow-through. Are you a man of your word? Do you stick to your obligations, or do you run from them? Commitments are costly. Getting up an hour earlier each day so you can focus on your walk with Jesus. Connecting with those who are struggling, even when it’s inconvenient for you. A young man who wants to marry needs to be a man of commitment. What woman would want to marry a man who is on-off again on his commitments? You cannot expect to stand in the gap if you lack godly commitment.

Commitment comes when you see the value of pursuing a life in Christ as greater than pursuing your own pleasures. 

3. Godly concerns.  A man who stands in the gap will do so in response to God’s call on his life. He hears God’s call and will appeal to those around him; to return to the Lord. Godly men who stand in the gap prioritize the values and agendas God prioritizes. 

Here are some essential qualities of a man who stands in the gap.

Not passive, but rather intentional.  We set aside our agenda so that we can invest in those we love. 

Not self-focused, but rather selfless. He knows when to go the extra mile, even if it is costly.

He is clear on his call and duty. A man who stands in the gap knows his purpose under God.

He has integrity. He follows through on what he says he will do. It is his way of life.

He has courage.  Not self-originating effort, but effort that is rooted in the power of Christ in him.

And, underneath all of this, he stands in the gap out of love.  

1 Corinthians 16:14 says “Let all that you do be done in love.”

The man God is looking for to stand in the gap is a man who knows how to yield to the Holy Spirit. Christ in you is your life and Christ in you is what it takes to be a man who stands in the gap.

As a challenge, list out:

  1. Who in your life needs someone to stand in the gap?
  2. What sin are you struggling with that is hindering your growth in godly character?
  3. What concerns does God have that need to become yours?

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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