1 Kings 19:14, 18
14 He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel 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.”
18 Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!” NLT
After the great victory over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, Elijah falls into depression and despair after Jezebel threatens to take his life. He complains to God that he is the only faithful one in all of Israel. God corrects him. There are, in fact, 7000 others who have continued to follow, love, and serve Him, without having turned their backs on God and following other gods.
Now Elijah was pretty hot stuff…literally. He prayed and the fire of God fell from heaven. He was a prophet who had a larger-than-life personality. But even he got his eyes on himself and thought nobody was as faithful as he was.
We have no idea who the 7000 were. Were they men, women, children, a mixture of all the above? We will never know this side of heaven, but God knew each one. He not only knew their names, their gender, their backgrounds…but He knew that they had persevered, exhibited backbone in the face of persecution, and had shown courage under fire. And he let Elijah know that.
As one writer says, “The “Elijahs,” because of their very prominence, cannot escape commemoration; the “anonymous servants” need special commemoration because of the less prominent nature of what they do. Their value lies in the silent witness of sheer goodness, integrity of character, and their faith in God.”
Instead of being the 1 of 7000…I am 1 of THE 7000. It is such an honor to know that I can stand with other men who are also committed to the standard of Christ…that it’s OK to be a “…silent witness of sheer goodness, integrity of character, and faith in God.”
My name may not be mentioned, but I know I’m in good company!
“The hunger for attention is an enemy of self-love.”
– Edmond Mbiaka