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The Lonely Path of the Faithful Remnant

The prophet Elijah once lamented, “I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because 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” (1 Kings 19:14). He felt like he was the only one who had not bowed the knee to Baal, the false god of the apostate nation. He felt like he was standing alone with God's Word, while the rest of the people were marching in step with the world's folly.

But God assured him that he was not alone. He said, “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). There was a faithful remnant, a hidden minority, who had not compromised their loyalty to the Lord. They were the salt of the earth, the light of the world, the witnesses of the truth.

My dear brothers and sisters, we live in a similar day of apostasy and compromise. The church has lost its power, its purity, its purpose. It has conformed to the world, rather than being transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). It has embraced the doctrines of men, rather than the Word of God. It has sought the approval of the world, rather than the commendation of God. It has become a friend of the world, rather than an enemy of the world (James 4:4).

But God has always preserved a remnant, a holy seed, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a peculiar people, who are zealous of good works (Titus 2:14). They are the ones who love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and their neighbor as themselves (Mark 12:30-31). They are the ones who walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). They are the ones who endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3). They are the ones who keep themselves unspotted from the world (James 1:27). They are the ones who overcome the world by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11).

They are the ones who stand alone with God's Word, rather than march in step with the world's folly.

But standing alone is not easy. It is costly, painful, lonely. It requires courage, conviction, commitment. It invites ridicule, rejection, persecution. It demands sacrifice, suffering, self-denial. It means taking up the cross daily and following Jesus (Luke 9:23). It means being hated by all men for His name's sake (Matthew 10:22). It means being crucified with Christ, and living no longer for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose again for us (Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:15).

But standing alone is also glorious, rewarding, joyful. It brings peace, grace, glory. It assures us of God's presence, power, and promise. It fills us with His Spirit, His love, His joy. It makes us partakers of His divine nature, His holiness, His life. It enables us to do His will, his work, His wonders. It grants us His fellowship, His friendship, His favor. It secures us His inheritance, His kingdom, His crown.

It is better to stand alone with God's Word, than to march in step with the world's folly.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36).

But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ (Philippians 3:7-8).

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne (Revelation 3:21).

May God give us grace to stand alone with his Word, and to be faithful unto death, that we may receive the crown of life (Revelation 2:10).