Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Romans 11:3-4
We tend to exaggerate our plight when we feel alone and distant from the Lord and His followers. The half full glass of water looks half empty, when we are empty of the grace and mercy of God. Elijah struggled with spiritual amnesia. He forgot the thousands of faithful believers who had not capitulated to the idol of Baal. His aloneness blurred his judgment. Like the sun’s rays burn away morning mist, so clarity comes from prayer time with God’s son Jesus.
Those who feel lonely need community and the closeness that comes from another who understands. We are all vulnerable to the trap of fatigue that fuels our fears. This misguided state of mind fosters a feeling of abandonment, however the truth is many others experience what we experience. We are not alone in our genuine commitment to Christ. Yes, there may be a closet Christian at your work waiting for you to offer them a prayer. Look for other lovers of the Lord!
Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city. Acts 18:9-10
Do you need to regain your big vision of God and His extraordinary work in you, through you, around you and across the planet? He has reserved for Himself millions of righteous saints who have not wavered in their love for Jesus. Some suffer from paranoid persecutors with their zealous death threats, yet these humble believers believe: “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” Like a warm blanket of comfort the world is encircled by Christians with a big vision of God.
Yes, sin abounds, but grace abounds even more. Evil grabs the headlines, but good still seeds the majority of stories less read. For every terrorist who thumps their chest in contempt, thousands bow a humble knee in prayer to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Regain your vision by renouncing a victim mindset and reengage in church. Celebrate ten blessings before you take one concern to Christ. Embrace God’s global vision of hope . Hope in Him!
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep my focus on You and on the million faithful ones, who have gone before me in the name of Jesus.
Related Readings: 1 Kings 19:10-14; Matthew 28:20; Philippians 1:21; 1 Peter 1:13
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