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Romans 11:3-4: "Lord, They Have Killed Your Prophets, They Have Demolished Your Altars, And I Alone Am Left"

Romans 11:3–4
[3] “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” [4] But what is God's reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” (ESV)

Have you ever felt like you were the only one who loves the Lord? Whether you are at school, work, or even at family reunions you think that no one else is a Christian. Paul reminds his readers that the great prophet Elijah felt just the same. Paul raises the example of Elijah in the context of arguing that God has not rejected his people, Israel.

Elijah mentions that the people of Israel had killed God's prophets. They had demolished God's altars. Things were so bad that Elijah was convinced he was the only one left who was following the Lord. I do not know how many times people have said to me that things are so bad nowadays, as if they have never been this bad.

Isn't it interesting how the Lord responds? "I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal." The Lord will always have a remnant. We are not the judge and jury of whether or not someone belongs to the Lord. It is encouraging to know that there are many more that belong to God than we would think.

As you look at the society around you it will be very easy to feel as if you are the only one who is following the Lord. Be encouraged. Jesus said that he would build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail (Matthew 16:18). Things are not always as they appear. God has many in his kingdom. Not all of them are playing nice at the moment.

Keep you eyes on Jesus. Be sure that you are walking in obedience to his will. The Lord will build his church. You might surprised at who is in it.


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