When I engage with Obadiah there is so much that comes to mind. Key thought is the poem from C.T. Studd – Only One Life –
Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
At that end of the day, what I do for Christ is all that matters and Obadiah gives me a great example of such a life.
Ahab called for Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. Obadiah feared God—he was very devout. Earlier, when Jezebel had tried to kill off all the prophets of God, Obadiah had hidden away a hundred of them in two caves, fifty in a cave, and then supplied them with food and water. – 1 Kings 18:3-4 MSG
I think that sometimes it should matter that I matter but what does that mean for the so many who have never mattered in the storied pages of life. I may think I am not one who leaves this world with a legacy of honour, but I am one who has yielded his life to God in spite of what or where I do or am.
When I see Obadiah, I see someone who was in charge of the palace – a position of dignity and influence. If he had the job for some length of time he was an honoured servant for his integrity and efficiency.
He was this kind of servant regardless of an apostate king and a heathen queen. I wonder what Ahab must of thought of this devout man of God but I wonder more what made Obadiah stay. Many today would have counselled him otherwise. Let’s face it, the corrupt atmosphere of Ahab’s court must have violated his moral code. Elijah could have used some company and a strong leader like Obadiah could have served well with him. Why would that not be a position that he would seek? The key was his ability to fear God and serve Him above all else, even himself. His love of country, faith and desire to honour God kept him at his post. An incredible encouragement to me as I try and stay relevant and loyal to my walk with God. Saving the lives of a hundred prophets of God really does make a difference.
Father, may I never cease to be amazed at where You place me to serve. If it is a small, out of the way place, I will serve You there with the best of my abilities. Should I run into conflict, I will not move unless you move me. Thank You for guiding me and thank You for Your peace – it is my internal thermometer that lets me know if I am on the path you have called me to journey or if I have somehow lost my way.