(February 15, 2019) Missionary statesperson Dr George Forbes reminds us that God needs heroes…
Believe it or not, God – yes, Almighty God – has a particular need, a big one!
Ezekiel 22:30 tells that he reveals his heart cry: ‘I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.’
Throughout the history of God’s people, both in Old Testament and New Testament times, God has sought for a man or woman to be his voice, to stand in the gap before him for the land. All too often he has not found even one.
Yes, there have been many times in decades past when someone has responded, someone who heard God’s call and obeyed it. But in our generation, our day, he is still looking for men and women who will stand in the gap for a nation, a land, a people.
Heroes of faith, lights in darkness
Some such heroes of bygone times are named in scripture… in the Old Testament and the Acts of the Apostles and other New Testament records: They belong in God’s Honour Roll!
In recent generations of Christian faith there have been other such heroes of faith… many are not listed here, but we can think of –
- William Carey
- Hudson Taylor
- Adonorim Judson
- Gladys Aylward
- David Livingston
- Mary Slessor
- Amy Carmichael
- Jim Elliot
- And so many others…