Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that Israel was experiencing severe drought and King Ahab asked Obadiah to search the land for grass to feed the animals. Obadiah was his palace administrator and feared the Lord greatly. On one occasion, he hid one hundred prophets in two caves and fed them bread and water, when Jezebel gave an order to kill them.
While Obadiah was on his way, he met the prophet, Elijah. Elijah requested that Obadiah inform Ahab of his presence. Obadiah was troubled and reluctant. He shared his concern that God’s Spirit might whisked Elijah away before Ahab arrived, and Ahab would then kill him for lying. He reminded Elijah that he feared the Lord and gave an account of how he helped save one hundred prophets. Elijah understood Obadiah’s predicament and swore by the Lord that he would present himself to Ahab, and so Obadiah delivered the message (1 Kings 18:3-16).
Elijah was known as a real prophet of God. He was well respected. God was with him and performed miracles through him. Even so, Obadiah was hesitant to deliver his message and had to be reassured that he would keep his word. Obadiah was not blinded by Elijah’s fame. He kept his focus on God and engaged in rational thinking while speaking with Elijah (1 John 4:1). Obadiah respected Elijah but was in awe of God. He recognized God’s absolute power and authority.
Do you recognize God’s sovereignty when you are in the presence of renown believers? Are you captivated by the attention of famous believers that you obey their request and lose sight of Christ? Scripture says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). God is asking you to honor him above everyone and everything. He is pleased when your thoughts and actions reflect his teachings.
Heavenly Father, thanks for your grace and mercy. Help us to be fully aware of your presence and submit to you, as we do our daily activities. In Jesus’ name, amen.