Lent 5 - Trickles That Can Destroy The World

There is a folk tale about a child who saw a small trickle of water dripping from the stone wall of a mighty dam. He knew that even such a tiny crack in the dam could grow and destroy his town if the trickle were ignored. In order to avert such a tragedy, the child stuck his finger into the gap between the bricks of the old dam wall and the village was spared.

And there is another wall. This particular wall is not one of brick and stone, but a spiritual wall anchored by God, designed to keep spiritual problems out. The gaps in this wall are subtle and unseen by our earthly eyes but the destruction is evident throughout the world. Seemingly unimportant actions which are contrary to God’s will, like the trickle of water, destroy the communion with Almighty God that Jesus died to restore. Prayers are rendered ineffectual as the church becomes powerless. The gaps evident in our devotion to God and His work, and lack of spiritual discipline in prayer open the church to Satan’s movement in our world today the turning away from God today is no less than Israel’s turning away from God in the Old Testament. Even as Israel turned from God, He searched the world for those willing to stand in these gaps in prayer. But none were to be found and Israel fell. Take time to read(Ezekiel 22:25-30 here) to see the similarities between Israel then and God’s people today, especially vs 30. I looked for someone 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 no one. God continues to call for Christians willing to stand in the spiritual gaps that give space to Satan. Let us stand together, let us renew our dedication to God’s work in this world and be the ones that God finds to stand in the gap for San Jose and the world.

Ann Fitzgerald March 19, 2017