I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. 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.
This verse contains both a promise and a penalty. The encouraging part of the scripture is that God is looking for just one person who will be righteous and pray fervently for his nation. We sometimes wait for crowds and multitudes to join us in prayer, but God is looking for even one individual who will intercede for his country.
That one person must see himself as mediating a large gap between a holy God and a sinful nation destined for His judgment. What an important position! Because Moses willingly stood in such a gap, the nation of Israel was spared.
The sad reality of the situation in Ezekiel was that even though God needed only one person, He could not find a single one. Today may you and I be such an intercessor, knowing our rights in the new covenant of grace.
Always remember: You may be that person upon whom God is focused—the one who is holding back His wrath. Keep praying, for God is surely watching!