Romans 11:5 (NRSV)
So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.
Paul here is writing about God’s relationship with the Jews. He is answering the concern they had somehow been forgotten given this new status of the gentiles. He references Elijah’s struggle in ministry when he thought he was the only genuine prophet left. God answers Elijah and tells him that there is a remnant left of prophets who have not bent the knee to BAAL. Paul takes that example to say the same for the Jewish people. There is still a remnant, chosen by grace. God’s grace outlast racial, ethnic, and cultural restrictions.
I have found myself over the years shifting in my spirit regarding the church. I often felt like the church was so distant from the struggles and the fight. I felt like pastors were too silent on the issues. Having spent time building relationship with people and knowing history I have understood two things. First, there was never a plurality of prophetic voices in the church. We are all called by God in different ways. Some of us are pulling babies out of the river. Others are at the top of the river trying to stop those putting babies in. Second, there are many more fighting than we think. They don’t always get the acknowledgement but they are there.
God has a remnant even now. I praise God for my sisters and brothers in the kingdom who fight everyday. God has chosen us by grace. By grace alone are we able to stand and persevere. By grace alone are we able to exist.
Lord protect and prosper the remnant. Lord put me in the number. In Jesus name.
Questions for Meditation
Have you ever thought of yourself as part of “the remnant?”
Have you ever thought of yourself as chosen by grace?
Now pray God’s grace would keep and sustain you.