Elijah was being pursued by Israel’s queen who wanted him dead. He fled to a cave and cried out to the Lord, “I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”(I Kings 19) It is easy to feel that way in the midst of our struggles for our faith. Statistics on the church, Bible literacy, and other markers of our faith read very poorly. It is easy to feel like Elijah sitting in that lonely cave. It was in that very place that God spoke to him in a “gentle whisper” telling him that “I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”(vs.18) Elijah didn’t know them, or where they were, but God assured him that they were there. This simple paragraph goes out over the internet. In the last week or so I have heard from a teenage boy somewhere in the U.S. who is strong in faith, and writes a wonderful blog. Another response came from a women in the far east, and another from India. No matter what the statistics say, no matter how many in authority seek to kill the faith, God will always have His 7000 who have not bowed the knee to Baal. He has proven this through two thousand years of church history, and has further promised that the time will come when “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”(Philippians 2:10-11) Until that time we continue as the salt and light to the world Jesus declared us to be.