The Feeling Sorry Syndrome
“Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.”
Elijah fell into the mindset that he was the only person who was making a stand for God. This mindset led him to feel sorry for himself and to stop doing what he was supposed to be doing so that he could have a pity party. Don’t get me wrong; I am not criticizing Elijah because I am not sure I wouldn’t have joined him in his pity party when you consider the spiritual climate of Israel. However, God reminded Elijah that there were still seven thousand men who had not bowed their knee to Baal. If there were seven thousand men who had not bowed the knee to Baal, there were certainly many women who had also not bowed their knee to Baal. There were plenty of people still standing for God when Elijah was feeling sorry for himself.
Many believers fall for the same trap that Elijah did by thinking they are the only ones who are doing anything for the LORD. It is easy when you are busy serving the LORD to think that there are so few people who are doing anything for God, and you can almost develop a defeatist mindset if you are not careful. However, let me point you to the verse above to prove the fallacy of this mindset. God says, “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant…” In other words, there are still plenty of people who are doing the work of the LORD even when you don’t know them. The question then comes; where is the remnant? Let me share a few observations with you concerning the location of the remnant.
First, you are not alone. God promised that there is still a remnant in the verse above, and I would rather trust God that there is still a remnant in this present day than to trust my little perception of the whole world. My friend, you are not the only one who is serving God alone. There are plenty in this world who are doing the same thing you are doing for Christ, and you mustn’t develop the defeatist mindset that you are serving God alone.
Second, the remnant is busy doing the work of the LORD. The reason you don’t see the remnant is because they are busy serving the LORD. The enemy always seems greater because their whole agenda is to be so loud with their calls against you that they get you to respond in a defensive mindset to believe that you are alone. If you could see the world through the eyes of God, you would realize there are plenty of people still doing right.
Third, you drop out of the work of the remnant when you stop to find the remnant. When you start feeling sorry for yourself that you are the only one serving God, you drop out of the spiritual workforce of people who are serving God; thus, you leave the army of the remnant. Every minute that you sit and sulk in how you are the only one doing right is a minute wasted that could be used to reach another soul for Christ. Satan may never get you to change what you believe, but he doesn’t mind to get you to feel sorry for yourself and get you to sit and sulk which results in you missing the harvest around you.
My friend, stop looking for the remnant and just get busy serving the LORD. If you get busy serving the LORD, you won’t be concerned about being alone. The easiest way to overcome the feeling sorry syndrome is to get busy doing what you are supposed to do. If you will stay busy and trust God, you can conquer the feeling sorry syndrome.