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
Elijah 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 1:27-29.)
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:
1. Don't discount the
power of one. |
2. Don't believe the devil's lie.
3. Don't doubt God's provision.