Reading: Romans 11: 1-5
A remnant by grace
Nothing makes us feel smaller than a struggle that is bigger than we are. Ironically, sometimes this becomes most evident after we've won major battles. Elijah faced 400 opponents in front of a hostile crowd and trusted God to win a miraculous victory. When it was all over, he ran away from one cranky woman, discouraged and feeling as if he were the only one (I Kings 18 and 19). God assured him that he wasn't alone. Seven thousand others like him were being preserved as a remnant by God's grace.
Paul could have felt Elijah's discouragement. He was one of a painfully small minority of believing Jews amidst a rising sea of Gentile believers. But he remembered God's principles of faithfulness and grace. Israel would not be forgotten. God's plans don't fail.
What struggles will you face today? What battles will you win or lose-and when they are over, will you feel like the only one? God's plans for you won't fail, and if you ask Him, He will show you that you are not alone in your struggle. Hold fast in faith to Him as His grace holds on to you.