Fill the gap

The Doctor's Life Support for 10 November

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land … but I found none.

Ezekiel 22: 30

How often have we had to fill in for someone on a clinic? Holiday, illness or plain carelessness has resulted in a clinic being understaffed and we are asked to stand in the gap. Perhaps it has happened often before and, unfairly, we again are asked to lose a session, which had been earmarked for some other necessary activity. Understandably we are angry. It is unfair. Will we refuse? But wait. We are Christian and others are watching. Regrettably, they may have seen Christians refuse to help before or help very reluctantly and with ill grace. What would Jesus have done? What does God require of us? The sins of Jerusalem are described in horrendous detail in Ezekiel, chapter 22. The whole gamut of society, princes, priests, nobles, prophets and the ordinary people, had forsaken God’s way and when God looked for a man who would stand in the gap, on behalf of the land so that he would not have to destroy it, he found no one. As you read this, does not today’s world resemble the Jerusalem of Ezekiel’s time? Does not God still look for people to stand for him, adopting his standards and reflecting his love and service? So we do the extra duty, cheerfully and effectively, for we serve a master who, in his turn, gave his life for sinful humankind. Perhaps onlookers will see Christ reflected in us. He spoke of going the extra mile. His standards are quite different from the world’s standards. But how can the world experience his standards unless we reflect them? It may be that today, too, God is looking for righteous people to stand in the gap so that he may withhold his wrath from a sinful world.

Written by J Harold Jones from UK

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