The Divine Response

2 … Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? 3 “Lord, they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.” 4 But what is the divine response to him? “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice (Romans 11).

These are helpful words for anyone serving the Lord in the ministry, for times often come when we feel all alone.  No one seems to be listening to our preaching or teaching, no one seems to have any desire to serve God, no one seems to appreciate what we do, and no one seems to really feel or understand the burdens we bear as a leader in God’s church.  Yet God is still saying, “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”

These are also helpful words regarding our country.  When it seems our entire nation is sliding down to hell on a handrail, and approaching its very precipice—when it seems no one really desires to follow the biblical principles on which our country was founded, and no one is really willing to stand up against the onslaught of worldly conformation—God speaks to us at this point as well, saying, “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”

The truth is, we are not alone—and others are not alone either!  For, we are a part of the remnant of which God is reminding others in the midst of their own feelings of aloneness.

Lord, we thank You that we are never alone.  We always have You, and we always have Your remnant.  Open our eyes This Day to see them and to join with them in faithful service to You.  Amen.