Read: Isaiah 59: 14-16
Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street…and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
Reflect: Many of us never come to grips with the reality that we all have gaps. Gaps in our lives that impact all we do each day. Gaps that hinder us and often hurt and wound those closest to us. We dislike these gaps so much that we put blinders on and tell ourselves they actually don’t exist. But, oh yes, they are there. Gaps in some, large gorges in others, but in all of us there are missing parts and missing pieces. Feelings we ought to feel and don’t, compassion we ought to respond to and can’t, mercy we ought to give but lack. Love for the lost, the needy and the broken, that is missing. Unselfishness that goes awol and allows pride to overwhelm us. Moral lapses that wound our souls. Gaps.
All humans have them and as Isaiah 59 tells us, these gaps break our Lord’s heart. He sees justice missing and truth lost, people wounded and no one to help. No intercessor to come so He sends His only Son to rescue people when many of those same people don’t even think they need to be rescued.
But still He sent His Son. His intercessor. An intercessor is literally, “One who fills the gaps.” Yes, that is what the word means. One who fills the gaps. And Jesus came to fill the gaps. When God the Father looked on earth for someone to step up and push back the tide of injustice and evil He found no one. None of us have what it takes to restore the gaps in our lives.
When the enemy comes to devour people he always searches for a breach, a hole in the wall of our lives that will allow him to enter. Jesus came to close the breaches, to fill the gaps in the walls of our lives so we could be restored to the fullness and destiny God intended for each of us to live in. A Christian is supposed to be a person who is an intercessor, one who fills the gaps in others’ lives around them. We are not supposed to spend our lives wandering the earth in search of life and healing. We are called into His presence so the Holy Spirit can fill our gaps. He can restore and renew us and then send us to rescue others whose walls are broken down. It is only when the Holy Spirit has closed the gaps in our lives that we begin to overflow with the power and love the world hungers for. So today be reminded that Jesus is your intercessor. He lives to fill your gaps and to empower you to touch and heal, restore and redeem others gaps by the power of the Holy Spirit inside of you.
Father, I am so grateful that you saw my gaps and sent your Son to fill them. Holy Spirit heal and restore me and then send me to fill the gaps and be the intercessor you called me to become.