Isolation – This is one of the first reactions that we have when we become the remnant. When we see people going to the opposite side and doing things that we believe are wrong, the first attitude is to think that we are on our own. We have to take care of ourselves, and we cannot count on anybody else.
When the prophet Elijah was persecuted, he ran, but not only that, he ran alone. Because he thought that he was the only one faithful to God, he made a decision to do it by himself without checking to see whether anybody faithful to God was left. He thought that nobody was with him and because of that he isolated himself, running to a desert place, thinking that he would be safe there. He hoped to be safe not only from Ahab and Jezebel, but also from God. Elijah became public enemy number one in Israel and he believed that he could not trust in anyone. He was a wanted man, and the king and queen wanted his head.
Sometimes being a remnant will produce this kind of fear in us. We will become isolated, thinking that everybody is against us, and no one, not even one person thinks like we think, and believes what we believe. When we get to that point we will do what Elijah did, run to a desert place where nobody can find us, not even God. Sometimes we will isolate ourselves inside a big church where nobody knows us. Fear, disappointment, stress, and unbelief marked Elijah’s journey. He was ready to die. Maybe he thought that even God could not do anything in his situation. We find that story in 1Kings chapter 19. The great Elijah, the prophet who performed extraordinary miracles, now is afraid and isolated, thinking that his ministry and service to the Lord is done. His life and work has no value.
It is at this time in his story that God shows up, talks to him, corrects his wrong view, and send him back. Here is the first thing that God says to him: “There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” This is the first thing that God asked him. When we become the remnant and our beliefs and opinions are not even heard anymore, we may try to isolate ourselves, and go to places that nobody will find us. During those times we tend to forget that our God knows and sees everything. He will find us. And His first question will be “What are you doing here?”
My brother and sister, if you are part of the remnant, if you think that your beliefs and ideas are not accepted anymore, do not isolate yourself. God has many faithful remnants left and we need to get together, support each other and continue to serve God.
The journey will be long and hard. Because of that we need all the help that we can get. God still has things for us to do, so do not disappear. Join the few that are left behind and let’s get to work.
Have a blessed week,