Being the remnant is not easy. We already saw that. It is a very difficult situation when you are on the side that is smaller, weaker, and powerless. It is also the experience that, with few exceptions, almost everybody goes through, in some area of their lives. Maybe in a family setting, in the school, work, sports, or in religion. Maybe we did not experience the full force of being a remnant, but we had a taste of how it feels. The interesting and at the same time frustrating part of being a remnant is the common but wrong feeling that God is not there, that He abandoned us, that we are on our own, and we cannot win.
It is important, I should say, it is crucial that when we find ourselves as remnants we MUST always trust in God. Our faith should be placed not only on the Person of God – a mighty, powerful, gracious and merciful God; but also He is a God who is present with us all the time. Sometimes we think that we are the remnant because God left us. This is not right. God is present, even when we do not deserve His presence. He is there. God never loses control of history. Through His providence He controls everything, and nothing happens apart from His will and approval. This is why when we find ourselves in situations that do not look favorable to us, we should always trust in Him. Because He knows what He is doing.
This is what happened with Elisha and his servant when the king of Aram made war against Israel. You can find this story in 2 Kings 6. Elisha, being a prophet, was telling the king of Israel where the Arameans would be, causing them one defeat after the other. The Arameans decided to take the prophet down so they brought their armies and surrounded the prophet’s city. When the prophet’s servant got up early in the morning he saw all the soldiers and horses and panicked. He ran and told the prophet. Now that is the beauty of the story, and an important lesson for all of us who feel small, defenseless and weak. The prophet answered: ““Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:16-17.”
The problem is that sometimes we just cannot see the powerful hand of God behind the scene. This is the same thing that happened with Joseph. His brothers tried to kill him. They sold him as a slave, and he went through a long and tough season in his life. But the Lord turned everything around and put him in control of the whole world known at that time. This is what he said to his brothers: “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. Genesis 45:7.” Many times Joseph unjustly suffered, was persecuted, imprisoned, and nearly died, but God was working not only for him but for his family and his people.
My brother and sister, being the remnant is not a piece of cake, and sometimes it seems that the victory or solution is not on the horizon. But do not forget, God is in control. Trust in Him, always trust in Him!
Have a blessed week,