Are We the Remnant?
The remnant is a recurring theme throughout the Hebrew and Christian Bible. The Anchor Bible Dictionary describes it as “What is left of a community after it undergoes a catastrophe”.
After all that is happening in our country and in our own lives, I’m feeling kind of like Elijah when he said to God,
“I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people … have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”
Oh, I realize there are some Christians out there.
I’m not the only one left, but it sure seems that our nation, as a whole, has walked away from God. On top of that, those that call themselves Christians are fighting among themselves. They are more concerned about who is doing this or who’s not doing that. I wouldn’t blame God for turning away and leaving us to our own devices. God has been there before:
11 “But no, my people wouldn’t listen.
Israel did not want me around.
12 So I let them follow their own stubborn desires,
living according to their own ideas.
13 Oh, that my people would listen to me!
Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths!
14 How quickly I would then subdue their enemies!
How soon my hands would be upon their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him;
they would be doomed forever.
16 But I would feed you with the finest wheat.
I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.”
Thankfully, He is a God of mercy.
If we turn back to Him, He will forgive and heal our land. (2 Chronicles 5:17) There is hope for our nation!
Subsequently, I’m wondering if God will allow us to be in ‘captivity’ of sorts for a while.
Our nation has turn so far from God. It may be time for some reprimanding, learning stretching. He will keep His remnant of the Church but we will suffer the consequences of the sins of the nation. We may be under harsh rule with no freedoms of which to speak. This is something we, as Americans, have not experienced. There may be tough times ahead.
God has always had a remnant. He’s always kept a small group of those who love Him to bring the Church back from captivity.
God has been calling me to research and learn about His remnant through the ages.
He is calling me to learn how He cared for Israel (and His church) through hardships and how these times were a time of protection for his people. He used these times to teach them and strengthen them. And then one day, He will bring them out rejoicing.
God has a plan for His Church
God does have a plan for us. Jeremiah said so. We have claimed Jeremiah 29:11 so many times for ourselves. But did you realize that this verse is right in the middle of his letter to the exiles? Yes! It is. During this time in history, Jeremiah was writing to God’s remnant. That portion of the nation that He had saved for Himself.
Jeremiah was called the weeping prophet. He wept for Israel because they had left the Lord their God. And as a result, they were in exile.
But God still gave them instruction and a promise in the midst of their trouble.
4 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: 5 “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. 6 Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away!7 And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes.”
So What Should We Do?
Here we are wondering what to do now in this distressful time in our nation. No matter how the eletions turn out, Don’t get discouraged. God is still on the throne. We need to keep on keeping on, trusting Him every day.
Take Jeremiah’s prophecy to heart:
- Build homes and plan to stay.
- Plant gardens and eat and produce food.
- Marry, have children and grandchildren.
- Don’t dwindle away.
- Work for peace and prosperity in the city where you are.
- Pray for your city/country because if it succeeds, so will you!
Remember, we’ve read the end of the book and WE WIN!
Are you one of God’s prophets that have been battered and abused by the church? Do you find yourself relating to Elijah, just speaking truth that no one wants to hear? There are many of us. Come away and rest in the wilderness. I have created a Facebook group solely for those prophets and shepherds that have found themselves without a flock. Come and rest. No accusations. Just love and support from other friends in the same situation. Click on the image below.