Summary: God is moving upon the hearts of men all across America. Happy Father’s Day dads!
“Rise Up O’ Men of God!”
God has placed within the heart, hands, and soul of men incredible power to heal or hurt, build up or tear down, comfort or crush, and serve or enslave. Throughout history we can see glaring examples of both extremes. When men decide to do something…something happens.
In Ezekiel’s day society was facing a crisis and the Lord looked for a man to stand in the gap and make a difference, but none was found. Turn to Ezekiel 22:24 and let’s begin reading there.
23Again the word of the LORD came to me: 24“Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has had no rain or showers in the day of wrath.’ 25There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her. 26Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 27Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. 28Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says’—when the LORD has not spoken. 29The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice. 30“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 so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. (Ezekiel 22:24-30 NIV)
About one hundred years after Ezekiel spoke these disturbing words from God, the protective wall surrounding Jerusalem from her enemies was down. The wall had been down for almost an entire century since the exiles had returned. Because of the breach in the wall the enemy came and went at will. As a result the people suffered greatly. The city suffered constantly. The glory of the Lord became clouded by the tragedies, turmoil, and seeming triumph of the enemy. Then one day, one man heard the call of God. One man was burdened by the Lord. One man took action. His name was Nehemiah. Because Nehemiah heard the call of God and was willing to step into the troubled city and rally the people -- the city and its inhabitants were blessed! The wall that had been down for almost 100 years was rebuilt in 52 days!
The walls are down in America today. The enemy has made his way through the gap in the wall. While the enemy has been marching through the gap in the wall and taking prisoner millions of men, women, and children – we men have been resting smugly in the barracks, we’ve been nestled in our noxious, nebulous, castles of comfort and confidence, and we’ve been busied with busyness. It is time to rise up o’ men of God! Rise from our sleep, from our slumber, and allow God to use us to turn the hearts of this nation back to God!