Friday, November 11, 2011

"Mind the Gap"

Lamentations 2.19 NAS

Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord;
Lift up your hands to Him for the life of your little ones”.

When you travel in England by way of the London Underground, you will hear pre-recorded warnings to “Mind the Gap” over the loudspeakers. Notice is posted on the trains and terminal walls. Travelers are cautioned to take care when stepping over the sometimes significant gap between train door and station platform. You must watch your step and “mind the gap” each time you board or exit. You might even assist a child or a person with handicaps to “mind the gap”.

God calls you to “mind the gap” for brothers who need help. He’s on the lookout for men who will manage the gap for other hurting guys, but there are few candidates as Ezekiel pointed out…

“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.”
Ezekiel 22.30 NLT

Jeremiah knew well how to “mind the gap”. He was known as the ‘weeping prophet’. Like Jesus who was “deeply moved in spirit” (John 11.33), the prophet openly wept over the condition of the people he loved.

“Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears!
I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.”
Jeremiah 9.1 NIV

Jesus also was entirely capable of expressing emotion and shedding tears in prayer.

“During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals,
with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save
Him from death, and He was heard…”
Hebrews 5.7 HCSB

The shortest verse in the Bible, John 11.35, reveals the Savior’s heart of compassion...

“Jesus wept.”

Take a cue from Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Jesus. God needs strong men on the path of purity who will “weep… for the slain of [His] people.” Who will “pour out [his] heart like water” for men caught in the web of sexual addiction? Who will “mind the gap” for them?

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