Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 22:17-23:49; 2 Kings 24:20b-25:2; Jeremiah 52:3b-5; Jeremiah 39:1; Ezekiel 24:1-14
Are you looking for a job in the Kingdom of God?
I certainly hope your answer is yes?
Because I’ve found a couple of jobs that are available.
It seems that in Ezekiel’s day there was no one willing to take these two jobs.
“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my anger. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!” –Ezekiel 22:30-31
God is a good parent, a Heavenly Father who says what He means and means what He says. Just like earthly parents, disciplining His children is tougher on the Him than His children. He wanted someone to rebuild the wall of righteousness and stand in the gap so He no longer needed to pour out his fury, but there was no one.
Friends, this is why He sent His Son, there was no one who could rebuild the wall of righteousness or stand in the gap. So He sent His only Son to rescue you and I from the full penalty for our sins (John 3:16).
once you accept Jesus as Your Savior and receive the righteousness He came to give, it’s time to go to work!
God expects us to stand in the gap for the lost and hurting. He expects us to be Jesus to them. He expects us to show them what the righteousness of Jesus Christ looks like.
Yes, it takes love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
Yes, you may get dirty, sweaty, and tired.
knowing that You were that “someone” God was looking for to rebuild and stand in the gap,
knowing that you said “yes” to the job, makes it worth it all!
Thank You for sending Your Son to build the wall of righteousness and stand in the gap for me. Help me to pay that forward to someone today.
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 24:15-25:17; Jeremiah 34:1-22; Jeremiah 21:1-14; Ezekiel 29:1-16; Ezekiel 30:20-31:18