Who Will Stand?
“I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one.” — Ezekiel 22:30
It was August 1984, at Alamo Heights High School. I burst into the middle of the locker room and yelled, “Who are we going to beat this week?” The room erupted and players and coaches celebrated like we had just won the championship, before we had even played a game! During that excitement my life changed direction. Louie Reiniger, one of our players, got in my face and yelled, “Coach, will you come to FCA tonight?”
God had waited 36 years for this moment, using Louie as a gap soldier to help an old, broken, lost coach find his way home. A gap soldier was a well-trained soldier, who, during an attack, would walk through a break in the castle wall and battle the enemy as they tried to rush in. The bad news for the gap soldier was that while he fought the enemy, preventing them from storming the castle, fellow soldiers were sealing the gap while he fought outside. Now that is unconditional commitment—the kind God desires from us.
That night at FCA, twelve athletes showed compassion and courage, talking about their enemies, how they needed to love, forgive, and befriend them. I had huge voids in my life. I went home that night, got on my knees, and asked Christ into my life. Now, each morning I ask God to use me, as He used Louie, in the lives of those with whom I come in contact.
1. Who are the gap soldiers in your life? Will you thank the Lord for them, then call, write, or e-mail them and thank them personally?
2. Will you ask God to give you the will and courage to stand in the gap for your athletes, coaches, family, and friends?
3. Who were gap soldiers in the Bible? David, Daniel, Paul? Yes, but the Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate gap soldier. He put it all on the line for us, and He gave His own life with unconditional commitment and love.
Extra Reading: Ezekiel 22:23–31
Lord, give me Your heart, Your courage, Your will, and Your strength. Make me a coach who will stand before You in the gap. Amen.