When I began in ministry my parents gave me wise advice to regularly invest in relationships outside our church. They said, “in times of trouble as a pastor, you’re church may not be able to help you the way they want to.” Ever since then I have intentionally reached out to other pastors and their families with Romans’ 1:11-12 in mind, “For I am longing to see you so that I may share some spiritual gift to strengthen you -or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each others faith.
After 6 years of hosting pastor’s and their families once a month in our home, my wife and I began to feel “besides everything else, we face daily the pressure of concern for all the churches. -2 Corinthians 11:28.
We were living our dreams in ministry when I crashed into physical burnout and doctor’s told me I had to resign my position. Suddenly my life was in devastation. For two years I was in a very dark place wondering where was God, what was I going to do, and where was the way out? During that darkness I felt God was searching “for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breech before Him.” And He called me to Encourage All The Churches and pastors In The Breech.” But what is a breech? The Bible suggests a breech as a mishap (Ps 144:15), a broken wall (Is.30:13), an outburst of anger (2 Sa 6:8), brokenness (Is 58:12), destruction (Ps 106:23), or disobedience to God’s Word in order to be comfortable (Ez 13:3-6). But the Bible also suggests a breech can be the breakthrough to God’s blessing (Ge 38:28-29). God promises to wall up and fix our breaches (Amos 9:11) and calls us to participate as repairers of the breach (Is 58:12) for others.
Because our Redeemer God uses the mishaps and devastating outbursts of this fallen world to bring the breakthroughs of His blessing, we can be confident in Him to stand in the gap for others. Do you need someone to stand in a breech with you? Are you willing to stand in the breech with someone else?