Dark times abound. Our worlds crumble around us. Friends betray their morals, family turns on us. Those who used to surround us in their encouragement and faith have turned away from God and now pursue the siren’s song of sinful impulses and false doctrine. The Word is no longer followed, men (and women) become lovers of self, and the pillars of integrity and faith are destroyed in an effort to become ‘free’ of religious constraints.
Have you ever experienced times like these? Maybe now, maybe in the past? It’s in these times that I personally feel like a minority. I feel alone. Not physically alone. Spiritually alone. Those who walked this straight and narrow with me turned off somewhere along the way and decided to follow another way, a different direction.
They gave in to lust…
They gave in to pride…
They gave in to selfish desires…
They turned their back on the One True God….
It’s these times that I feel the darkness creeping in. I feel as if I’m surrounded by a pack of wolves when I was once surrounded by a company of shepherds. Those who gave wise counsel turn their back on their own wise counsel. Those who laughed with me in the Joy of the Lord now deny God and Christ.
Elijah faced times like these.
1 Kings 18:22 (NIV) – Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets.”
He felt like he was alone, like everyone had turned against God and those who followed Him. He felt the solitary fear that comes when you believe you’re the only one following the ‘right’ path.
But he was wrong.
God always has the Ace up his sleeve.
1 Kings 19:18 (NIV) – “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
There are always followers, those who refuse to abandon the faith. The old ones who always have and always will follow godly principles, no matter what society shifts into. It seems sometimes that they are in hiding, but they aren’t. They are out there, fighting the good fight in their own personal battles, in their own little corners of the universe.
You’re not alone. Don’t give up simply because you believe you’re the only one in the ring.
1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV) – Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Remember God’s sovereignty. His eyes and His hands are everywhere, and everything is within His control. Search out those who follow the paths you do. But also set an example for those who don’t. We are light in this world, and even if we’re the only true believer in a room of a hundred unbelievers, our example, our light, is enough to fill that room with Christ’s love.
Sometimes, we are the only one because we are meant to be the only one…for a season…
Esther 4:14 (NIV) – “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”