Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:13-18
What Elijah told God is a very common thing: I’m alone and fighting this battle alone. But, as God’s reply suggests: Elijah, you’re not alone. In fact there are 7,000 prophets waiting in the wings. You are definitely not alone.
The implications of this are straightforward and we need to be reminded often: in this world, we are not alone. It couldn’t be clearer. We may think it, sense, feel it, and even believe it, but it’s not true. Not for a minute. People are going through the same kinds of struggles you’re going through. They’re crying out to God louder because of their sorrow. People are trying, as the Scriptures say, “to grasp the hem of his garment,” to get a glimpse at His glory. But we are not alone.
When you feel your loneliest, is the precise time to reach out to some of those others that you know have been through those dark times. Yes, we should pursue God with all we have, but we have our Brothers and Sisters in Christ to reach out to. Think of this: if you approached another Believer you know well and asked that person to pray for you, would they turn you away?
Again, we are not alone. We can’t say it enough.