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.
God was looking for someone who would become a hedge of protection, causing Him to reconsider the destruction of the land of Israel. He was seeking such a one, but found none. Hezekiah and Josiah both tried unsuccessfully to bring the people back to God. And even though they were not able to draw people back to the Lord, they were able, by their actions and prayers to keep God from destroying them. But there was a vacancy of leadership. Not one prophet, religious leader, or royalty who cares about God.
As I read this, I see something we all should be made aware of. Do you realize, you have a royal priesthood in your own home? Men, we are responsible to stand in the gap for our family, as Moses did for the children of Israel. We’re to build a hedge of protection round about our family. Wives and single mothers, you’re not off the hook. You too should be in daily protective prayer for your children and grand children. Wives, you should be bombarding the throne of grace for your husband. That he will be the man that stands where God can see Him. Not ashamed to be humble before God. A man who gives credit to the Lord, for all that he is and does. That’s what God was looking for then, and we serve a never changing God. We all have responsibilities in this world. One of the most important for our families are children of God, becoming the hedge in our home. Stand up for Jesus, and watch Him stand up for you.
How do you build a hedge and stand in the gap for your family? Study of God’s Word. Stay in contact with God daily. Guard your life that nothing interferes with your communication with God. If you see sin arise, confess it and turn from it.
Will you be a hedge for your family?
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