Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Being Part of the Remnant

"While we may feel like the only ones making the choices we are making, it is probably much the same as it was with Elijah. "God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Do ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal" (Romans 11:2-4).
Elijah was convinced he was the only one who was remaining faithful to God, but there were seven thousand others who were just like him. He simply didn't know them. He wasn't able to have fellowship with them or be encouraged by them. Isn't it interesting that the Lord didn't tell Elijah to go find some of the seven thousand? Instead, He wanted Elijah to remain faithful to the call He had put on his life.
We may grow weary in our walk when there aren't others who are like-minded to encourage us. However, Scripture has direction for us in this as well. "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9).
As we remain in the Word, growing in our walk with the Lord Jesus, we gain direction for our daily lives and strength to follow through with commitment. We can choose to let our minds be filled with thoughts of self-pity because of a lack of like-minded fellowship, letting this consume us and our time. Or we can serve the Lord Jesus, learning how He is a Friend like no other. May we be women who will steadfastly stay obedient to what Jesus has taught us even when we are different from others around us." Teri Maxwell