by Beck DeWitt
There is a cry that is emanating from the hearts of a few that is unlike any other during this time. It is a burning desire that has overtaken and consumed them with restlessness, questioning as to when and where will the glory of God manifest. Having read in the Word of God where His glory manifested to fill His house, “so that the priest could not stand to minister because of the cloud,” one longs to see and experience His presence in that way in His house today. The remnant is not willing to accept church as usual. There is a sense that there is something much more.
Many in the Body of Christ have lost their hunger and thirst for the presence of the Lord to be revealed. The evidence is in the attendance of the Holy Spirit in the sanctuary, not the people. Many times the building is full of people, sitting week after week, with none of His glory present. Some are lost, but they are still seeking a true relationship with Jesus. Others are lost, thinking that they already have the relationship with Jesus, but the reality is that it is a relationship with religion. The building could even be partially empty, except for a faithful few. It is not about how many show up. There must be a passion for the tangible, visible, glory of God manifesting in His house.
In the Old Testament, the book of Exodus chronicles the deliverance and the journey of the chosen people of God, the Israelites. After experiencing many signs, wonders, miracles, Moses prays for God’s presence in Exodus, chapter 33. As you read the chapter, the Tabernacle is outside the camp. When Moses entered the Tabernacle to meet with God, “a cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle and the Lord talked with Moses.” (Exodus 33:9). If you really want to get into the meeting place with God, you have to come out of the camp. Inside the camp there is murmuring and complaining and disputing, which will have a negative effect on you. The atmosphere hinders your entrance deep into the presence of God. Reverse this thought. Why would the Lord want toe come into the camp where there is such an atmosphere? Who would be ministering to Him or whom would He minister to?
Everyone saw the cloudy pillar and only Moses desired more of the Lord. Moses was allowed to speak to the Lord face to face as a friend, but he still desired more. It was like every experience he has with God created a deeper hunger and desire. Are you satisfied with your experiences with God? Is there no increase in your hunger and passion for Him?
In the midst of Moses’ prayer for more of the presence of God, there is one who waits. “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face as a man speaketh to a friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.” (Exodus 33:11). Joshua was right there when God spoke to Moses face to face. As Moses’ servant, God not only allowed him to come close, but to enter to a point to hear and see. What was it about Joshua that he was so compelled not to even move after Moses left? What was he looking for? How long did he wait? Was God even ministering to him?
Even Though Joshua had to have purity in his heart to be Moses’ servant, God was also training him for the next level. How many are in right alignment with their leadership to God will allow you to sneak a peek of His relationship with them? The Lord knew that Joshua was there in the Tabernacle. Was He allowing Joshua to have the experience to create a hunger and thirst in him? Do not forget how Joshua and Caleb were the only two of the twelve spies that had the report of the Lord in their hearts. God used Joshua mighty in battles for the children of Israel to conquer their enemies, especially when he spoke for the sun and the moon stood still. The word says that “there was no day like that before or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel.” (Joshua 10:14). Is this a result of being a servant to a great man of God and having a hunger for your own relationship with Him?
The remnant are a small surviving group that have been hidden for the appointed time and purpose. In I Kings, chapter 18, when Elijah shows up for the challenge of Mt. Carmel, there was a remnant hidden in a cave. Even though Jezebel thought that she had conquered through the massacre of the prophets of God, the Lord had Obadiah in a place that enemy was unaware of. Obadiah was the governor of Ahab’s house, but he feared the Lord greatly. There are still those in the Body of Christ who are in reverence of the Lord, knowing that there is a Master plan regardless of the temporary persecution of the enemy.
Elijah, after such a great confrontation, is stunned by the words of the enemy, causing him to flee. It is upon Mt. Horeb that God gives instructions to anoint two kings, Hazael and Jehu; and a prophet, Elisha, to slay the enemy. The enemy may have thought that there was a secure way of escape, but the sovereign God has already declared the end from the beginning. Elijah thought that there was no one else but him and the 100 prophets that were hidden by Obadiah. But God informed Elijah, “yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him:” (I Kings 19:18).
The remnant, are like a piece of cloth left on the master roll. Many pieces, different shapes and sizes are cut and released over time. God has His remnant hidden and they will not bow to the way of the world or compromise the truth of the Gospel. The remnant that one may think is the remnant is really in truth not the remnant. They are just the frontline released at the appointed time to prepare the way for those that are in reserve. God has people reserved for himself that you cannot even imagine.
The tide of hunger is rising for that which is beyond the natural. Sitting outside the tabernacle, meditating on just a glimpse of the glory has created that which is insatiable. In a sense it has become addictive. The remnant does not fit the mold that society identifies. These are not complacent Christians. This is a special breed which has never been seen before. Is there a move of the Holy Spirit that is unprecedented that has been reserved for this time and those who would desperately seek Him? Can you even imagine what is on the horizon as they worship and wait for hours for a glimpse of the glory, and even then it will not be enough. There is no reference point but God’s word, which opens the imagination to a realm of the Spirit untapped, seeking a fullness of an outpouring.
“Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled: (Luke 6:21).