The enemy and his cohorts are continually watching for places of access or “gaps” to enter into the lives, ministries, businesses, cities and even nations.
I hear the Spirit of the Lord issuing both an exhortation and a word of caution by saying to His people,
“Mind the gap!”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this saying, if you are ever in London, England and take their subway system (called The Tube) you will hear a repeated message as you board or exit the subway that says the words, “Mind the gap”. It is a cautionary message to be aware of the gap between the train and the platform.
The enemy looks for the space between you and the Lord to enter in through. Just like in the days of Nehemiah when the enemy looked for the gaps in the wall to gain access to the city, we must not allow gaps or breaches in our lives (or cities) that give the thief access.
Relationship is key for keeping the gap filled. I learned many years ago that busyness (even Kingdom busyness) often can be the cause that creates a breach in relational connection. I learned to take time to pray, praise, meditate on His Word and talk to my Lord throughout the busy day.
Your car can become a sanctuary where praise goes forth, it can become your house of prayer where victories are won or a space in time where you share a conversation with God. Preparing a meal or even eating a meal can become your invitation to go to the banqueting table of the Lord and partake of the goodness of His love. Even taking a shower can become a few minutes to fill the gap by spending that time connecting with God. It can be both a physical and spiritual washing.
The Spirit of the Lord is releasing a cautionary warning to “mind the gap” (the space between you and God) so that you do not become a soft target, making it easy for the enemy to execute his attacks against you. This is the definition of a soft target:
Soft Target: a person or thing that is relatively unprotected or vulnerable, especially to military or terrorist attack.
Relationship with God leaves you protected and removes the vulnerability that the enemy looks for. Psalm 91 is a promise of protection as you dwell with God,
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.”
When I heard the words, “Mind the gap”, even more than it being a cautionary warning, it contained a deep longing for connection, intimacy and communion with His sons and daughters. Though the Lord is always present with us, intimacy and relationship fills the gap. You can spent time with your spouse, a coworker, a child or friend but it does not produce intimacy unless you connect heart to heart.
It is so common to see families out for dinner together or a couple sitting on a park bench but they are on their cell phones; they are present but not connected. There is a gap between them. Though the Lord is always with us, He longs for connection that is mutual and focused.
Take time to fill the space between you and God. Fill it with conversations with Him, worship, time in His Word, prayer and mutual affection.
Mind the gap by filling the gap! God is inviting you into the space between you and Him. It is a chamber of intimacy that awaits you.
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