Learning to be the Remnant – 5 – Do not run

“Run for your life!” That is the first reaction when we see things going in the wrong direction. The survival instinct kicks in and we start to run, even when we are not sure where we are going. Running is a very common behavior among the remnants. They are the minority. They are the weak part, and they do not see too much future where they are. Their attitude is to get out and try to start all over, or move to a place where they will not experience the same things that they just did.

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Jesus told the disciples that if they were persecuted in one place they should flee to another one. Here is the text: “When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. Matthew 10:23.” That means that sometimes God will use persecution to move us to another place. But that is not all the time. Sometimes God wants us to stay where we are because He has things to do in our lives and through our lives.

That is Elijah’s experience. After a tremendous victory over the prophets of Baal, he was threatened with death by Jezebel the king’s wife. He thought that he was the only faithful one around and fleeing was his only option. After many days he had an encounter with God and the first thing that he is asked is: “Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1Kings 19:13.” Elijah gave his good reasons for running, he said. “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” 1Kings 19:14.”

Those were very good reasons, but they were not good enough for God. Here is God’s answer: “The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, 1Kings 19:15.” It is important for us to know that sometimes for the remnant, running is not an option. God’s place for us is right where we are. God will go on and tell Elijah what he had to do. God would use him to prepare the next generation and He would do that through Elijah. The second thing that God tells Elijah is very comforting. He tells him that he is not alone. Here is the text: “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel — all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.” 1Kings 19:18.” Please pay attention to the word reserve. It means that God will always have a remnant, a small group of faithful who will be His witnesses. Being the remnant is not easy. Sometimes we will feel alone, but do not forget. God has a work for us to do where we are, and we are not alone. There are others with the same heart and the same call. Do not be dismayed. God is in control.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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