Isaiah had just pounded four hundred prophets of Baal and had run back to Jezreel ahead of Ahab’s chariot to receive a hero’s welcome (1 Kings 18:46). It didn’t come. Instead, Jezebel swore to kill him in the same manner he had killed her idolatrous prophets (19:1-2). Panicked, he fled to the desert, sequestered himself in a cave, hid from the evil queen and bemoaned the fact that he alone was left of the faithful, saying “I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away” (19:10). God gently reprimanded him with great signs and a still small voice, telling him “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him” (v. 18).
It is a discouraging business reaching out to the lost and we have no thunderous signs nor that still small voice to demonstrate the power of God’s message to us personally today but the Gospel is mightier than any physical manifestation of His grandeur (cf. 1 Kings 19:11). And, whereas we may believe ourselves to be castaway Christians in the cloistered cave of a church building, there is growth in the Kingdom of Christ. We should not faint; saints worldwide are teaching the Gospel and sacking Satan.
Remember, there are seven thousand who have not bowed the knee. Jesus reminds us: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).