The Only One

“And he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” Then the LORD said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria.

Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.””

I Kings 19:14-15, 18 NKJV

Elijah was irritated with himself and God, he felt hopeless to do anything about the situation before him. He even goes so far as to tell God that he is the only one left that is for God, that everyone else has forsaken God. Funny one minute he’s calling down fire from heaven the next he is asking God to take his life for he is no better than his fathers. And even feeling sorry for himself, because he, Elijah, has convinced himself that he is alone in this battle. God reminds Elijah that he still has work to do, and that he is not the only one still serving him, he even tells him the exact number, “7,000 that have not bent a knee to Baal.” I wonder what it is today that you have told God or have maybe convinced yourself of, that you are the only one who is facing this today. That no one else understands what you are going through. But Jesus didn’t come so that we could feel sorry for ourselves, and that he would help us live in despair. No he came so that we might have life, that we might have hope. You are not the only one that is going through this today, God is trying to remind you that He has a plan, something that you need to be doing. And that you need to accomplish what He has placed before you and stop hiding in your cave. He wants you to remember, there are others around the world who are feeling the same way you are. He wants you to remember that He is still God, and that He and He alone brings hope to your situation. So today get out of your cave, get over your pity party, and begin to live again.

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