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Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel. At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images (Is. 17:6-8).

The word “remnant,” when used within the context of the Word of God, is very special indeed. The dictionary defines a “remnant” as “the part of something that is left when the other parts are gone.” Most of us who read that definition might think of leftovers or some useless scrap that you throw away. This is exactly why God's way of thinking is so far above ours. To us, the remnant is something secondary to, or not as good as, the part that was used. However, God sees the remnant as being those of His Children who remain when the rest fall away. The example that best reveals God's view would be panning for gold. When you submerge the pan in the water you will pull up a pile of sand, but once you filter out the sand only the gold remains. The gold is the remnant. I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see (Rev. 3:18).

In these verses, God is describing the faithful remnant that will come forward out of those that have turned their backs on Him. He states that their number may be few, but they will be truly dedicated to Him. This is in agreement with verses from the New Testament. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matt. 7:13-14).

The Bible is full of accounts such as this one. It is a sad fact that the majority of the world's population has always chosen to walk in their own ways and not to follow after the Lord. It is only the small group, or the “remnant,” who choose to stand for God. Why does this happen? The verse from Matthew 7:13 reveals one reason. The path leading away from God is a lot easier to walk than the path leading towards Him; therefore, many take that road. The road leading to God will prove more difficult to walk. There may be many obstacles in our way, and oftentimes we may feel as if we are alone on the path. We must have heart to take this road, but we should not be afraid. Jesus has already walked down it, ensuring that it is passable.

In the end, it is not the road that we should be concerned with but the destination. Does anyone ever plan a vacation and say “I can't wait to drive interstate such and such?” Of course not! They are anticipating seeing their relatives or getting to the beach or the amusement park. They are focused on the destination, not the trip. Let us take the same approach to our spiritual lives. Although the road may be rough and rocky at times, the destination is the greatest of all.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you (Matt. 5:12).

Thought for Today:

Incline my heart unto Thy Testimonies, and not to covetousness (Ps.119:36).

Christ Revealed:

As the One who will sit on the throne of David (Is. 16:5). The angel Gabriel told the virgin Mary that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32-33). Christ also is revealed as the Saviour (Is. 19:20; comp. Matt. 1:21; Luke 2:11).

Word Studies:

16:3 bewray = betray; 16:11 my bowels = my inner being, heart; 17:11 a heap = a failure; 19:8 angle = hooks; 21:14 prevented with their bread him that fled = gave food and water to the fugitives.

Prayer Needs:

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Devotion courtesy Bible Pathway Ministries