Standing in the Gap

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TODAY—NO MATTER what part of the world you may be in—you need to remember the Word. Whatever you are going through, whatever issues you are dealing with, remind God of His Word (Isa. 43:26). God honors His Word so faithfully that He even repented to Moses for wanting to kill all the Israelites. How powerful is that?

Israel’s Immediate Downfall

After the Israelites left Egypt, Moses brought them to Mount Sinai. The mountain was quaking and covered with fire and smoke. God was letting the children of Israel know, “This is where I am now.”

And it was at Mount Sinai that God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments. He was laying the groundwork to let them know that He is a jealous God.

God wants us to remind Him of what He said.

Donna Pickens

EXODUS 20:4–5

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God . . . .

He was basically saying, “In case you forget, I’m the man. I brought you out of Egypt. And besides that, I’m a jealous God. So let Me tell you right now, I don’t want you worshipping anybody else. I don’t want to see any graven images.”

But only a few chapters later, the children of Israel did forget. Moses was on the mountain fellowshipping with God. And because he was gone for a long time, the Israelites made a calf out of gold and worshipped it. They said the calf, not God, brought them out of Egypt!

How quickly we can forget the goodness of God if we don’t keep the Word before us. Needless to say, God was mad! So mad that He wanted to destroy everyone except Moses.

EXODUS 32:10

10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

God, Remember What You Said

Moses immediately said, “Wait a minute, God. What’s the deal? You brought Your people out with a mighty hand. We bankrupted Egypt. And now, you’re going to kill us in the wilderness?”

Moses then said to God, “Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people” (Exod. 32:12). Oh my! You better know who you are in Christ before telling God to repent!

Moses, however, only did what God said to do. God wants us to remind Him of what He said. Moses reminded God of His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And look what God did.

EXODUS 32:14

14 And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

Standing in the Gap

Somebody has to stand in the gap, make up the hedge, and intercede (Ezek. 22:30). Because of the price tag God put on His children and His Word, He did not consume the Israelites. He changed His mind because He remembered what He had promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

I guarantee you that everyone is going through something. That’s not the issue. The real issue is, how are you handling the problems of life?

If you know who you are in Christ, you have a position to stand before God and put Him in remembrance of His Word. When Moses reminded God of His Word, the Israelites were saved from destruction.

God is no respecter of persons. When you remind God of what He promised concerning your situation, it will be turned around.


[Editor’s Note: Donna Pickens and her husband, Tom, pastor Antelope Valley Christian Center in Lancaster, California. This article was adapted from Donna’s message from Kindle the Flame 2007.]

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