And he ( Elijah) came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away….
Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. 1Kings 19: 9-14, 18
Isn’t it wonderful and encouraging to know God has always had a remnant…a small group which has not bowed to Baal? As bad as things look today, there is still a Holy remnant. I take great encouragement in knowing that is true, and pray daily to continue to be a part of that small but faithful group.
Its easy to fall into the mindset of Elijah as he stood outside that cave, believing he alone was left, the only one who had not bowed to Baal. I have wondered at reading that account above, once God told him there were in fact 7,000 as Elijah who had remained faithful, if Elijah was happy or did he feel humbled by the wrong belief that he was the ‘only one’?
I take heart in these days of increasing apostasy, heresy, and false teachings, in knowing there are more then even the 7,000 as were in Israel in Elijah’s day who are ‘sprinkled’ like salt all around the world, who are continuing to be faithful to God: they are the remnant!
The Church of Jesus Christ will Triumph in the end…God’s Holy Remnant.
From a devotion I read today..
I have a very dear friend who makes his living by selling remnants. He buys remnants from factories at bargain prices, because the factories have no use for remnants. He sells those remnants to thirty housewives at bargain prices, because thirty housewives will gladly purchase what wealthy people would throw away. With men remnants are of no great importance. With men remnants are odd pieces, leftovers, things that must be disposed of. With men remnants are really a nuisance. But my friend looks upon them as very precious things. He only deals in remnants. He built his house with remnants. He is always looking for remnants. What other men regard as trash is his treasure.
Did you know that God is like that? He deals with a remnant. He only deals with a remnant. He is always seeking a remnant. Everything he does is for a remnant. He builds his house with a remnant. God looks upon a remnant as the greatest treasure in the world. Isaiah 1:9 – “Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.” The Apostle Paul tells us that among the fallen, depraved, lost, condemned ruins of humanity “there is a remnant according to the election of grace” (Rom. 11:5). And he assures us that the “remnant shall be saved” (Rom. 9:27).
With men a remnant is something leftover, waste material, material for which there is no plan, purpose, or intended use. With God it is exactly opposite. God’s remnant is the kernel, everything else is husk. God’s remnant is that for which all things were planned and purposed. Without that elect remnant, everything else would be useless.
- There Is A Remnant According To the Election of Grace.
- God’s Longsuffering, Goodness, and Mercy To All Men Is the Result of His Love For His Elect Remnant.
- God’s Remnant In This World Has Been, and Is Always Small.
Praising God today for my brothers and sisters in Christ around the world…God’s precious remnant!