1 Kings 19:12-18 – Not Alone

1 Kings 19:12-18
12
 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13 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?
14 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.
15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
18 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.

-Elijah had a problem, he felt all alone and outnumbered in his service to the Lord.  If you’ve ever felt alone then you can probably empathize with Elijah here.  The Lord could have told Elijah to suck it up and keep going, He could have told him that the Lord Himself is all the company that Elijah needs and He would have been just in answering that way.  But that was not the Lord’s answer.  The Lord showed Elijah that there were still 7000 more in Israel who had stayed true to God; He assured Elijah that he was not alone.  Although Christianity is by far the largest “religion” on the planet, true Christians are still hard to find and become more of a rarity every day.  If you feel alone in your race, know that you are not alone; others are still out there living by the same standards as you, reading the same Bible as you, and serving the same God as you.

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