Among the Hidden
Yet I have reserved 7,000 in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him. – 1 Kings 19:18
Every time I watch a sporting event, I wonder if I’m truly watching the best in the world. Even though our professional athletes are good, I always think there is someone out there who is twice as good, but for whatever reason, they just don’t want or need the spotlight. Maybe they just didn’t have the opportunities that the ones we are watching had. Even in music, there are YouTube videos of nobodies that are absolutely incredible. Maybe they just don’t want to live their lives on the road. I don’t know. What I do know is that they are among the hidden.
I mention that stuff because in 1 Kings 19 Elijah is at stage center swearing that he is the only one even trying to get it done for God. He actually verbalizes this to God in verse 10. God quickly lets him know that He has others serving Him. In fact, He has 7,000 among the hidden that He has simply reserved for Himself.
I love to watch preachers and listen to sermons. Some of the best sermons that I have stumbled across have the lowest number of views and the poorest video quality. I have two shoe boxes of cassette tapes with sermons that will simply never be heard by anyone again. To me, those sermons are the best sermons, yet they are among the hidden.
I like to think that God has Christians that most will never know about because He has reserved them for Himself. People who simply love Him and love being with Him. I like to think of would be worship leaders who just play and sing for Him with absolutely no one else around . . . they don’t necessarily need or crave the spotlight of their church. They just want to worship and love on God. In 1 Kings 19, Elijah is the one we get to read about, but what were the lives of these other 7,000 like that we know nothing about? I would imagine they have some pretty amazing stories as well. I would imagine that God took such pleasure in reserving them for Himself.
Lord, with all my heart, I want to love You. I confess that I don’t truly know how. Sometimes I miss the spotlight of preaching. But other times it is just You and me, and Your presence is like the warm sun shining on me when I am cold. You tell me amazing things that I used to would have gone out and preached, but maybe You don’t want them preached. Maybe You want those things to be private amongst just You and me. Lord, bless those who are out front in ministries, help them to truly honor You and to truly help others come to really know You. Help them to live truly consecrated lives that are above reproach. But Lord, also bless those among the hidden, reserve them for Yourself and give them great power and wisdom. Give the Elisha’s who are not yet known a double portion of Your presence and the sharpest sensitivity to Your Holy Spirit. Who is like You, Lord, in all the Earth? Amen