"And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace" - Romans 11:4-5 (NIV).
There is a common false belief to imagine Christians or more specifically believers and followers of Christ as being of a marjority faith. Of course we have had of Christian nations where it is assumed Christ followers are in the marjority. Much as this might sound flattering the reality is followers of Christ have and will always be a minority group.
This was clearly evident at the start of the early church when followers of Christ were restricted to their houses from where they fellowshiped. Following Apostle Paul's conversion and the spread of Christianity among the Gentiles the numbers of Jesus followers grew but not to a point of being in the marjority. Christians were intensily persecuted by the Romans until 312 when Emperor Constantine decided to embrace the faith and turn it into a state religion.
Following that it has been common to find nations where Christianity is paraded as a state religion- such as the Anglican church headed by the monarch of England. However, the truth is when it comes to following Christ in obedience of his commands the numbers are just not there.
These days it is increasingly becoming more so in certain "Christian nations" with legislation making it harder to practice the Christian faith based on the Bible. There are nations that are avowedly atheist like China soon to become the number one economy.
This though should never trouble us for as our verse shows from the days of Noah there is "a remnant chosen by grace"! And clearly these are not in the marjority. For the truth is, "You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved" (Mathew 20:22).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you for this personal faith in you which I deeply treasure and so help me persevere in truth to the end, this I pray in Jesus's name!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!