There is always a remnant that is faithful to God. I remember visiting a large Greek Orthodox church in Russia in 2004 called the Green Church. As we entered the church, I saw several older women gathered for prayer. What had these ladies endured in their lifetime to remain faithful to the Lord? How had the Lord molded them and shaped them through their faithfulness? I don’t know, but the Lord does.
In a spiritual sense, they were like giant oak trees of faith. No matter what the communist regime had done in Russia, they could never put an end to the Christian Church. No matter how the government persecuted people for their faith, there was always a faithful remnant. Being a faithful remnant speaks to a person’s faith and ability to endure hardship no matter what the culture is doing.
There Would be a Remnant in Israel
As Isaiah preached God’s word, most people would not listen and hardened their hearts. In a figurative sense, their nation would be cut down with only a stump remaining because of their sin. Isaiah 6:13 If even a tenth—a remnant—survive, it will be invaded again and burned. But as a terebinth or oak tree leaves a stump when it is cut down, so Israel’s stump will be a holy seed. 
A once powerful nation would be reduced to a stump, but from this, the Lord would breathe new life into Israel. The stump may have seemed lifeless, but in the stump had life, although dormant for a time. Only the Lord could breathe faith into a nation that appeared lifeless and lost. The Holy seed of the Messiah would come from this stump, who would change the world with His life, death, and resurrection.
A Remnant Can Make a Difference
A remnant of faithful believers can change a congregation, a community, and a nation. Never underestimate the significance of one person’s prayers and their influence. There have been many revivals in church history; most began with just a handful of praying people.
When you feel insignificant, remember that the Lord placed you on this earth to build His Kingdom. If you seem small, remember God is with you. When you feel overwhelmed, let the Holy Spirit lead you. When you feel tired, let God’s word refresh you.
Joshua was a great leader of Israel, yet he needed to be encouraged by the Lord. Joshua 1:9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.  Take the Lord’s hand and let Him encourage you today.
To learn how there is always a remnant, listen here:
 Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Is 6:13). Tyndale House Publishers.
 Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jos 1:9). Tyndale House Publishers.