You Are Never Alone
- I Kings 19:9 “And he 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?
- 10 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.”
Elijah had no sooner experienced a mighty miracle of God and enjoyed a great victory over the prophets of Baal in I Kgs. 18 than he was fleeing from the murderous Queen Jezebel in I Kgs. 19. Elijah was understandably discouraged. As Elijah comes to a cave, the Lord asks him, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” Those who stand for truth have been tempted to reply as Elijah did, “I, even I only, am left.” But friend, you are never alone standing for truth. God has always promised a remnant.
- Rom. 11:5 “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.”
Although most walk the broad road to destruction and although “few there be” that go in through the strait gate (Mt. 7:13-14), nonetheless you are never alone. There was never just one prophet standing for truth in the Old Testament. The various prophets whose books we read in the Old Testament had other contemporaries standing for truth. God revealed to Elijah that 7,000 were still standing for truth (I Kgs. 19:18). Jeremiah had the mainly unknown Ebedmelech the Ethiopian in Jer. 38 plead for Jeremiah’s life. Daniel had his 3 friends in Dan. 1 standing for truth. Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah had each other standing for truth in Dan. 3. Peter had the church fervently praying for his release in Acts 12:5. Paul had Luke with him in his lonely prison cell in II Tim. 4:11. And even in the horrible Tribulation, there will be at least 144,000 Jewish preachers of the gospel standing for truth (Rev. 14:3)!
Sometimes, though, you may not see others around you standing for truth like with Elijah. Or when only Daniel appeared to be risking his life by praying to Jehovah in Dan. 8. Or when Paul stated, “all men forsook me” in II Tim. 4:16. Yet, never forget, dear reader, Jesus’ promise: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13:5)
So, no matter what happens as you stand for truth, always remember that you are not alone. God always has a remnant, and you always have Jesus’ promise to never leave you nor forsake you!