I alone am left a prophet of the Lord…. I alone am left…. I alone am left. 1 Kings 18:22
Church history is filled with examples of those who stood alone for God at risk to their own lives. When Martin Luther dared to proclaim a biblical Gospel in 1517, he was called to account before the Diet of Worms in 1521. When told to take back his teachings, he refused: “I cannot and will not recant anything.”
Standing alone can be a fearful experience. Martin Luther no doubt was thinking what the prophet, Elijah, said when he stood alone: “And they seek to take my life” (1 Kings 19:10, 14). The apostle Paul probably thought the same thing before Emperor Nero took his life. But all who stand alone for Christ do so because they have confidence in God’s promise never to forsake His own.
We may never be called upon to stand alone for God in the face of death. But even in the face of criticism, or being ostracized or ridiculed for our faith, we can stand firm because God stands with us. Remember: God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
Great eagles fly alone; great lions hunt alone; great souls walk alone—alone with God. Leonard Ravenhill