lie that Satan uses to "divide and conquer" the lonely Christian
is one of the most powerful weapons in his arsenal. If he's been
using this weapon to discourage and defeat you--relax, you're
in good company!
Even Elijah, one of the most powerful,
spirit-filled prophets mentioned in the Old Testament, fell prey
to this convincing lie. The same Elijah who revived a dead child,
called fire down from heaven, and ended his earthly life by being
caught up to heaven in a chariot of fire once found himself alone
in a cave: isolated, discouraged, and sure that he was the
only one willing to serve God.
Paralyzed by a pity party that had
zapped his zeal and restrained him from continuing his work for
the Lord, the Holy Spirit found him holed up in a dark little
you doing here, Elijah?"
In verse ten, Elijah replies, "I
have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for 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."
God responded to Elijah's complaints
by giving Elijah an object lesson. First, he showed Elijah three
large, impressive things--a whirlwind, an earthquake, and a fire.
The three things had strength and power, but God was not interested
in using those things. Instead, God chose to use something insignificant
and weak: a still, small voice.
After Elijah had witnessed this
object lesson, God asked him again; "What are you doing here,
Elijah?" But Elijah's answer did not change. So God said, "Alright,
Elijah, go find and train yourself a replacement--it's time for
you to just come on home."
Elijah missed the lesson God was
trying to teach him, and therefore he missed out on the future
miracles God could have done through him. God was trying to teach
Elijah about the power of one.
You see, Elijah was discouraged
and defeated because his focus was in the wrong place. He had
his eyes on "them:" the people who disagreed with his belief in
God, hated him for his stand, and wanted to end his ministry.
Make no mistake; there were a
lot of people who felt this way about Elijah, and some of
them were pretty powerful people in his society. Queen Jezebel
herself had vowed to personally ensure Elijah's death, but God
to see that power is not in numbers or even in earthy positions
of popularity and authority. He wanted Elijah to learn the power
God wanted Elijah to know what He
wants you to know today: that you alone, living for God, are more
powerful than five million people who are just drifting along with
their peers and the cultural norms of society. God doesn't choose
to use "the in crowd," God chooses to use the blood-bought, consecrated
individual to accomplish His greater plan. (See I Corinthians
After Elijah failed to respond to
God's message about the value of one, God finally revealed to Elijah
the error of his belief. Just as I realized later in life that I
could have chosen to associate with other Christians in my high
school, Elijah learned from God that there were still seven thousand
other Israelites who had not succumbed to the culture of idol worship
that was so prevalent in his day. He didn't know them personally,
he didn't benefit from their friendship on a daily basis, but that
didn't mean they were not there.
In fact, God knew who they were and
where they were and he directed Elijah to the home of Elisha, whom
God had chosen to continue His work.
Girls, if God knew where to find the
believers in Elijah's day, He still knows where to find them today.
He can bring you together with whomever He wants, whenever He wants.
If you're feeling impatient or worried about having Christian friends
or meeting a phenomenal Christian guy, don't become impatient and
push forward your own plan--talk to God about it! Then try to relax
and trust Him to make it happen.
I know it isn't easy to wait, and
I know it's hard to feel alone, but allowing yourself to dwell on
these feelings is just what the devil would like you to do. Next
time the devil tries to tempt and discourage you, fire back with
the weapons Jesus used when Satan attempted to isolate and defeat
Him (Luke 4:1-13). Quote scripture, walk in the power of the Spirit,
and tell Satan to go away! The Bible says that if we resist him,
he will flee (James 4:7). If you continue to be tempted and discouraged,
you may wish to clip out and keep this three-point reminder in your
locker, book bag or purse:
Don't discount the power of one.
believe the devil's lie.
doubt God's provision.