The prophet Elijah had become so disheartened by the moral landslide his nation was experiencing that he ran from the threats of Jezebel, the wicked wife of King Ahab, and hid in a cave.
“Elijah, why are you hiding?” God inquired of him.
“Because your people have forsaken your word, your altars are broken down, your ministers have been persecuted, and everyone is pursuing pleasure. I’m the only one left — and now they’re coming for me, too” (see 1 Kings 19:10).
To all outward appearances, Elijah had a good argument. His society was nearing collapse and the government was the most wicked and vile in all of history. “Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him” (1 Kings 16:33). Furthermore, Jezebel, the most wicked queen ever to share the throne, was bent on killing every follower of Jehovah.
Elijah was determined to “hold out to the end” and stay true to God all by himself, but he did not know that at that very moment, the Holy Spirit was moving throughout the land. A great moral awakening was about to happen and God would soon throw Jezebel to the dogs and overthrow the wicked rulers. God emphatically told Elijah that not only was he not alone, there were seven thousand in Israel who had not given in to the corruption around them. God was telling Elijah that he had people stationed in key positions, believers standing tall and true!
The same is true today. Whereas God said to Elijah, “Thousands have not bowed,” he is saying to us today, “Millions have not bowed!” Glory be to God. We are not a tiny remnant, but a mighty army, unbending and uncompromising in an age gone crazy. Satan would have God’s people believe their numbers are dwindling, but don’t believe his lies. God is still at work, pouring out his Holy Spirit and drawing hungry hearts to himself.