Elijah had a right to be concerned. Within 24 hours, he had experienced both a remarkable victory over the prophets of Baal and an intimidating death threat from a wicked queen. Tired, hungry, and more than a little discouraged, Elijah began to concentrate upon himself. This led him to tell God, “Everyone else has turned away from You but me. It looks like I’m on my own here.”
God responded by saying, “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:18. In other words, God was saying, “Wake up and look around. You’ve got company.”
As a Christian, you stick out like a square peg in a round hole. Everyone else seems to blend seamlessly into the surrounding culture, but you do not (and cannot). Some call it foolish self-restraint; you call it conviction. But as the tallest tree must bear the brunt of the storm’s fury, so your separated position finds you oft attacked, misunderstood, ostracized, and forsaken, without a friend to stand by your side. As you vent your frustration to God, He reminds you of an important truth: You are not alone. You are not the only one doing what is right. You are not the only one who is experiencing hardship on account of your stand for Christ. There are other believers enduring the same, rigorous grind you are facing.
At your workplace, in your home, or amongst your family members you may feel like you are the only one who is doing right — and this may be true. But for every one who fights the good fight, there are dozens, hundreds, perhaps even thousands more who are walking the same path. Most importantly, God is walking with you. You’ve got company, so take courage.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.