So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. (Romans 11:5-6, ESV)
God always has a remnant of people who remain steadfastly faithful to Him.
Do you remember the story of Elijah? He miraculously called down fire from heaven on Mt. Carmel, led a revival among God’s people, killed 450 false prophets of Baal, successfully asked God to send rain to end the drought, and then he outran the king’s horses before the storm arrived. Yet, when he learned Jezebel intended to murder him for killing her prophets, fear overcame him and he hightailed it out of town, eventually hiding in a cave.
It was there, alone in that cave, where he poured out his heart to God. His fear, fatigue, loneliness, and despair drove him to ask God to end his life. He felt an overwhelming sense of loneliness in his stand against the evil of his day.
Do you ever have times in your life when you feel like that? Do you find yourself spiritually fatigued in your Christian service – wondering if you are one of the few who remain truly faithful and committed to God? Ever feel overwhelmed by the increasing wickedness and moral decay in our society and culture? You’ve probably never asked God to end your life, but you may have questioned, “What’s the point in staying faithful to the task? What impact can one person have against this world’s spiritual apathy and thirst for wickedness?”
In today’s Scripture verses, Paul reminds us that God always maintains a group of faithful followers who are devoted to Him. The amazing thing is that He accomplishes this through His grace alone, not through our strength of character, goodness, or even spiritual works. Our character, goodness, and works often fall short; His sufficient grace always succeeds.
Just as Elijah needed reminding that he was not alone, we should be encouraged knowing God still has a faithful remnant with whom we may fellowship and draw strength in our Christian walk. This underscores the importance of church attendance and active participation as opportunities to interact with other believers.
So take heart, my fellow Christian – you’re not alone. By His amazing grace, you’re a child of the King of kings and part of His incredible family!
- How has God been speaking with you about becoming / being part of His faithful remnant?
- When you get discouraged, where do you turn to regain spiritual strength?
- How involved are you in fellowship opportunities with other believers?